The deep freeze is over, courtesy of the neighbour to the west.
 
Fort Saskatchewan is thawing out after bidding a brutally cold bon voyage to 2017.
 
The chilly temperatures are thanks to what's called a "blocking pattern."
 
"What that means is we had a ridge of high pressure over the prairies and it wasn't moving anywhere," said Heather Timiskern with Environment Canada. "We had all this arctic air slump into the prairies and usually with those blocking patterns, they don't change too quickly."
 
Now, some warm air from the coast of British Columbia is on its way in.
 
"The temperatures this week, they'll be in and around zero, maybe slightly above until Saturday and then we'll see the temperatures drop off again."
 
The drop won't be as dramatic as what the Fort just saw; the mercury will settle around the seasonal average for the region, roughly minus eight for daytime highs.
 
Moving towards the weekend we could see a few flurries as well, as a precipitation system moves in from the Yukon.

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