There appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the current extreme cold wave gripping the region, but we'll need to get through this weekend, first.
The latest weather forecast for the Peace Region is showing a slight warming trend, although it might be short-lived.
“It certainly does look like it’s going to stay cold at least for the next seven days,” says Environment Canada meteorologist Trevor Smith.
“The immediate concern is the wind chill near -40 tonight. Maybe a bit of light snow from a weak system coming down from the northwest.”
Normally, the jet stream would be more of a west-northwest pattern. Right now, Smith explains, it’s almost coming in directly from the north.
“We’ve got a blocking ridge of high pressure in the Gulf of Alaska. It’s kind of pieces of the polar vortex coming down over B.C. and, likely, to persist for at least the next five days.”
The 11 a.m. Thursday forecast for the Peace has a forecast high of +1 for next Wednesday.
An Extreme Cold Warning remains in effect for the Northeast, including Fort Nelson, which recorded the province’s coldest temperature of the day Wednesday at -34.3 Celsius.
Normal temperatures for this time of year range from lows of -14 to highs of -6.
Smith believes the long-term trend into mid-month is showing temperatures below those figures, but maybe not as extreme.
“If I look at some of the seasonal outlooks for the month of December, the models are showing, on average, staying below the average. It’s probably a safe bet it’s going to be a cooler-than-average month.”