The Farmers’ Almanac released its 2022-23 Winter Outlook on Wednesday (August 3).
According to the publication, Alberta is in for a cold and snowy season.
“We are actually overall saying it's going to be a hibernation zone with glacially cold temperatures and it’s going to be very snowy,” explained Sandi Duncan, the managing editor of the Farmers' Almanac.
Duncan added that the snowfall is predicted to begin in mid November with frigid temperatures moving in around January.
“We are saying that there could be some arctic air that comes down in January that's been the coldest you've probably seen in a long time.”
The Almanac states that it could possibly get down to -40 C in January.
“The good news is that the coldest temperatures seem to be happening during the month of January and February looks more snowy than cold.”
The Farmers’ Almanac makes its long term weather forecasts based on a formula that dates back to 1818. It takes things like sunspot activity, position of the planets and a variety of other factors to predict weather outcomes.
The original creator of the formula was David Young.
“We have adjusted the formula somewhat but we still pretty much follow this set of rules that he established way back when.”
The publication lists their accurate weather forecasts for the region to their website.