For those of you who enjoy cold weather and snow, you will love this.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, temperatures are expected to drop 20 degrees in a very short period of time tonight. Snow later today and will continue on and off throughout Friday and the weekend.

According to Alysa Pederson, a warning preparedness meteorologist for Environment and Climate Change Canada, we reached nine degrees today, so if we reach the forecasted -18 degrees, that will be a 27-degree shift in a short amount of time. 

"We're going to kind of stick in that cold air for the next couple of days and through the weekend as a pretty big weather system that's going to move through and give snow too much of southern Alberta, Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba."

For the weekend in the Airdrie area, Pederson is predicting we could see 10-15 centimetres.

"There's a chance we get a little bit less than that if the storm system does track a little bit further east. But we are looking at a pretty good dump of snow."

If you plan on travelling to the mountains this weekend, you can expect the same weather as we will be getting in Airdrie. They won't see as much snow but the temperatures will be in the same range.

We can expect warmer temperatures to move into Airdrie and the area by mid-next week.

When asked if we could expect less snow in the coming weeks as spring is just around the corner, Pederson stated we could see even more snow than we have so far.

"For southern Alberta and the Calgary area, the snowiest months of the year are actually March and April. Make sure to keep the shovels handy and don't put them away just yet."

It also may not be time to book an appointment to have the snow tires removed from your vehicle and keep the mitts, toques and warm jackets handy for a bit longer.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, the daytime expected high for Friday is -12 while on Saturday and Sunday, it's expected to be around -15 degrees.

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