It was a cold one in Alberta this past Easter weekend. The province experienced a large amount of snowfall as well as rapidly plunging temperatures. In fact, it was so cold records were set in three towns.
According to Global News, three communities all had the coldest March 31st on record. Red Deer broke its 1975 record when temperatures dropped to -22 C, Grande Prairie dipped to -30 C, and Pincher Creek got to -21 C, the coldest it’s been since 1936.
To put that in context, it was a balmy 5 C in Red Deer last March 31st and 4.4 C in Grand Prairie.
While the rest of the province didn’t have a record-breaking day, that didn’t mean the weather was any less dramatic. The temperature dropped by 15 degrees in Cardston in just an hour and parts of the province, including Jasper National Park, received 15-20 centimeters in snow.
March was a particularly cold month in Alberta, and April probably won’t be offering much relief. Edmonton is seeing the coldest beginning to the month in fifteen years.
“We’re locked in for the better portion of the first half of April to well below seasonal temperatures,” said Jesse Beyer, Global Edmonton’s chief meteorologist.
Apparently, March came in — and went out like — a lion.