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No respite from wicked cold this weekend

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Weather-wise, we are looking pretty good this morning. It’s what’s coming later today and into the weekend that’s going to be a problem for most people.

The light dusting of snow this morning should end in Winnipeg and the surrounding area before noon today. Look for the wind to start to kick up some of that snow around that same time, though, blowing from the north at 40 km/h gusting to 60 km/h.

Today’s high is -19 C, with a wind chill expected to be around -37 later in the day.

Here’s where it gets interesting… and bitterly cold for the next 24 hours or so.

Environment Canada has already issued an extreme wind chill warning for most of Manitoba today, with the western and central parts of the province already under wind chill advisories.

The Arctic air mass making its way into the region through Saskatchewan will hit southern Manitoba later this afternoon into this evening, bringing with it dangerous wind chills in the -45 to -50 range. Environment Canada cautions that frostbite can occur to exposed skin in less than 5 minutes.

Bundle up, Winnipeg. The low tonight is dropping down to -35 C.

The comically cold conditions should stick around through the weekend. The high is only -26 C for Saturday, though it will feel like -48 with the wind chill. Sunday’s high is expected to be warm up to -20 C.

 

 

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