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Snowier & colder winter in store for Alberta according to AccuWeather

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The weather we are experiencing right now, may be just a taste of what’s to come for us this winter.

Online forecaster, AccuWeather.com has come out with it’s Winter 2020-21 Forecast for Canada.

It shows a building La Nina in the pacific is going to result in a colder, and snowier than normal winter here in the west, particularly in B.C. and Alberta.

Meteorologist Brett Anderson says he expects there will be two distinct storm tracks that will dominate much of the country this winter.

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“This will deliver numerous storms into southern British Columbia this winter, which will result in copious amounts of rainfall along the coast with heavy snowfall for ski country in the Coastal Range and also throughout the Rockies of southeastern British Columbia and southwestern Alberta,” Anderson said.

Temperatures here in southern Alberta are also expected to be colder than usual this winter.

“In terms of temperatures, the core of the Arctic air is expected to hang out across northern B.C. and the Yukon Territory, but there certainly can be brief spells of bitter cold through the Prairies and into eastern Canada,” Anderson said.

Besides snowier conditions for BC and parts of the Alberta, Anderson says the rest of the Canadian prairies will see less snow than in a typical winter.

As for the rest of the rest of the county, eastern Canada is forecast to be snowy, but milder than normal for the months of December, January, and February.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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