While we’ve got a few weeks of autumn left, you might want to begin prepping for the winter season. Come November, temperatures will drop – but what can we really expect in the coming months? This week, AccuWeather released its 2022 winter forecast for Alberta, and spoiler – it’s going to get cold.

For the third straight year, La Niña (which typically brings colder winters to the Canadian west and Alaska) will be in effect, which means we’re in lower-than-average temperatures, as predicted by their meteorologist, Brett Anderson.

“When La Niña is present, an amplified polar jet stream ushers in cold air and more frequent storms to the western half of Canada,” they wrote.

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“Unlike last year, when the polar vortex fueled extreme blasts of bitterly cold air across the southern Prairies, the orientation of the jet stream will be responsible for ushering in Arctic air masses, which will send temperatures plummeting across Alberta and Saskatchewan.”

In addition – no thanks to a phenomenon known as upslope flow, or upsloping, heavily populated areas like Calgary and Edmonton will see above-average snowfall this season, though they didn’t specify when this will hit.

In short –  according to the current winter forecast for Alberta, it’s going to be a chilly one, so get ready and stay ready – for anything.

We’re hoping that by some miracle things will change, but we wish you a mostly indoor season – unless you enjoy snow sports… then enjoy!