Weekend Weather Will Turn Chilly

Temperatures are expected to drop sharply in the coming days as warmer temperatures give way to a cold snap, weather forecasters said.

Friday and Saturday will feel bitterly cold, as snowfall backed by stiff northerly winds will make a daytime low of minus 15 degrees Celsius feel even chillier, said Mark Naishuller, a meteorologist with the federal weather bureau. "For a few days it will really feel like winter," he said.

Temperatures could hit minus 20 degrees C on Saturday night, when the snowfall is expected to ease up, Naishuller said. Atlantic cyclones will then usher in warmer and wetter weather from the west, with temperatures rising to minus 8 degrees C on Sunday and minus 5 degrees C on Monday.

The unusually warm weather in the first 10 days of February has seen temperatures hovering around zero degrees C, Naishuller said. Similar temperatures for the same period have been recorded six times in the past 55 years.