Record Cold, Snow Hits Central Canadian Provinces

CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 13 (UPI) — Canada’s central provinces were hit with snow and record cold temperatures for the country’s Thanksgiving Day long weekend.

In Calgary, Alberta, three weeks after a 91-degree day, temperatures Monday plunged to three degrees, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Environment Canada meteorologist Brian Proctor told the Calgary Sun that broke the previous record of eight degrees for that date set in 1928.

“Across much of southern Alberta, wherever we got clear skies last night, the temperature plunged,” he said.

The early winter blast was attributed to a large mass of Arctic cold moving southwest from the Northwest Territories that began late last week, forecasters said.

Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba all got unusually early snowfalls and frigid temperatures as a result.

Temperatures were predicted to return to seasonal norms by the end of the week, the reports said.

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