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Moose Jaw resident Jaelynn Carter works to clear snow in front of her family's home Wednesday. Mayor Deb Higgins said no sidewalk-clearing legislation will be pushed yet, as the city is working to encourage a "good neighbour" policy.
Colder weather is on its way for the Christmas holidays.
“Christmas Day is what we could call Snowglobe Christmas. You’ve got snow on the ground. Then you’ve got snow in the air,” said David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada. “We’re going to have a white Christmas. That’s a done deal.”
On Christmas Day, the forecasted high is -19 C. He said it’s not quite record breaking, but it is a “dozen degrees colder” than normal. The coldest Christmas Day afternoon in Moose Jaw was in 1990 when it reached a high of -26 C.
However, he said the driving conditions are expected to be “fairly reasonable.” He said no one should have any trouble driving to different locations during the holidays. He said people likely wouldn’t get storm-stayed anywhere either. People can check with the provincial government’s Highway Hotline to keep an eye on road conditions, provided 24 hours a day seven days a week.
But that doesn’t mean the temperatures won’t be cold. Phillips said the temperatures are colder than normal. The normal high for this time of year is -7 C, but the forecasted highs are between -17 C and -20 C for all of next week. The high for Saturday is -17 C. Phillips said there could be a little windchill up to 15 kilometers per hour.
“It’s colder around the clock,” said Phillips. “Clearly you’re not imagining the cold.”
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.