The mild temperatures that Airdrie residents have been experiencing over the past several days, will be coming to a halt come this weekend.

Temperatures on Monday evening are expected to plummet to -22 degrees Celsius, a 32-degree temperature difference when compared to Friday's daytime high of 10 degrees. Though the massive temperature swing will be most noticeable during the beginning of next week, snow is set to begin tonight. 

"We have this low-pressure system that's tracking across parts of northern prairies and Southern territories, and the front is dipping down into Alberta. It is bringing a little bit of a cold front as well as a chance of snow," said Samantha Mauti, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Mauti, however, said that the accumulation of snow during the weekend is not expected to be more than two centimetres. The weather throughout the weekend will be somewhat unsettled, with flurries intermittent through Saturday and Sunday, with warm temperatures during the day and cold nights.

"We go through quite a very strong cold front, late Sunday evening and into Monday morning. The temperatures [may be] plummeting down and [may] bring a heavier snowfall to a lot of Alberta," she said. "We're expecting that upper ridge to mostly exit the area with that stronger cold front; we're seeing an upper trough come in which is usually associated with a little bit more weather - more on the storm track as we come into that upper trough and some some lower temperatures associated with that."

Predictions for early March are variable. The Old Farmer's Almanac is forecasting that the Eastern Prairies will experience snow showers and colder weather, while the eastern side of the prairies will see mild temperatures and plenty of sun. The middle of March is expected to see flurries, with mild temperatures, while the end of March may see bitter cold.

Mauti, though underlined that Environment and Climate Change Canada looks more towards patterns of previous weather, rather than long-term forecast predictions. 

February's average high is 0.8 degrees Celsius, while the average low is a little over -10 degrees. 

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