Dust off the flannel, stock up on the long johns, and lace up the winter boots because it’s time to prepare for winter.
With September being colder and more wet than previous years, as well as a chilly below-average forecast, we can expect an early and “piercing cold winter,” says Shaun Fogart, editor of Freeskier.com.
This year, September had 36.2 mm of rainfall in Calgary, whereas the past two years have only seen 6 and 7 mm.
September was also three degrees colder on average this year than the previous two, which leads Environment Canada climatologist Dave Phillips to believe the cold is coming early.
“We think that there’s going to be a persistent high-pressure ridge over northeastern Canada.
“It will force cold air from Alaska down to the Prairie Provinces,” said Phillips via email.
The first snowfall hit ski resorts on Sept 11th, whereas the past few years it was much closer to October. With more snow on the way, the forecast comes as welcome news to those who enjoy hitting the slopes.
“We’ve got a lot of accumulation really early this year.
“It’s looking good for an early open,” said Tanya Otis, spokesperson for Sunshine Village.
The SAIT Ski and Snowboard club will be happy to hear this, as they will be travelling to Fernie in early December for two days of skiing and boarding.
“My main problem with winter is the commute to school.
“Everything is so much more difficult in the cold and snow,” says business administration student Mark Reiner.
Calgary currently has 10 major road projects that are ongoing and nearing completion for the winter season, including the major construction of the ring-road connecting Stoney Trail with Glenmore Trail and 22X.
Calgary Transit also made some major revisions over the summer, adding 12 new routes and extending bus times at certain locations.
The Chinook C-Train station, one of the first stations in operation back in 1981, was reopened on Sept 3rd after extensive construction made it more winter-friendly for commuters.
The platform has been extended to accommodate a four-car train, which should decrease congestion. Lighting has also been improved and there are now three heated enclosures to wait in.
With winter also comes the cold and flu season. SAIT Health Services suggests students and staff get vaccinated on a yearly basis.
“The influenza virus changes from year to year, which is why it’s important to vaccinate yearly,” said Margaret Bosshard, secretary at SAIT’s on-campus clinic.
The clinic will be providing vaccinations free of charge to SAIT staff, students, and alumni on Oct 14th.
Whether you’re going to be outside making the most of winter, or hunkering down trying your best to avoid it, you better bundle up.