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Cold weather settles in; some schools closed, buses cancelled

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Baby, it’s cold outside again.

In a winter highlighted by cold weather and wind chill values, Winnipeg is headed back into the deep freeze. Environment Canada is calling for a mix of sun and cloud today, with blowing snow in open areas thanks to a northwest wind 40 km/h gusting to 60 km/h.

The high is expected to be -14 C, with a wind chill in the -30 range. Tonight’s forecast contains a 40 per cent chance of flurries and a low of -20 C.

Some schools will be closed today and some school bus routes remain closed.

Plumas Elementary School and Langruth Elementary School in the Pine Creek School Division are closed today. All other Pine Creek Schools are open, but there will be no bus service in the northern part of the school division and officials caution there may be reductions in bus service in the southern part of the school division. Details on the bus routes affected can be found on the division website.

In the Brandon School Division, plowing of rural bus routes will not be complete for this morning so Brandon School Division buses will not be operating outside the city of Brandon all day due to poor rural road conditions. All Brandon School Division schools are open and buses will be running within the city of Brandon. Attendance at schools is at parental discretion where travel is required. Students are asked to contact their school if they are not going to attend.

Look for a 30 per cent chance of flurries Saturday afternoon and a high of -15 C.

After that, things look sunny and a little colder. Sunday’s high is projected to be -18 C, while the temperature for the start of the work week is expected to drop even lower than that.

Beginning Monday and carrying on through Thursday, Environment Canada is forecasting highs in the -20 C to -22 C range.

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Updated on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:00 AM CST: updates with forecast

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