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Some free advice this morning: Stay indoors. Avoid going outside. Wear all your clothes at once.

Bitter cold and extreme wind chills make up most of the forecast for Winnipeg and the surrounding areas today. Environment Canada is calling for a high of -23 C, with a north wind 40 km/h gusting to 60 km/h this morning, diminishing to 20 km/h later this afternoon. To say it will be a little frosty would be an understatement.

The national weather service has issued wind chill and blowing snow warnings for the region.

Due to weather conditions, all schools in Lakeshore School Division are closed today.

The RCMP report poor driving conditions due to icy conditions and slippery roads in some areas of the province, particularly on the south Perimeter Highway.

A ridge of high pressure from Saskatchewan is bringing another blast of cold Arctic air into Southern Manitoba, putting extreme wind chill values in the -40 to -45 range this morning. While the blowing snow should diminish as the morning goes on, temperatures and wind chill values are not expected to change much today.

Southern and central areas including Portage la Prairie, Steinbach, Morden, Winkler, Selkirk, Gimli, Beausejour and Grand Beach are under the wind chill warning. Northern regions around Thompson, Gillam, Leaf Rapids and Lynn Lake are also under a wind chill advisory. Warnings for these areas could end throughout the day.

In Winnipeg tonight, expect clear conditions and a low of -29 C. Extreme wind chill values (-40) are expected, meaning exposed skin can freeze in 10 minutes.

Things should start to improve on Thursday. A south wind increasing to 40 km/h gusting to 60 km/h should help warm things up to -14 C in the afternoon. There’s also a slight chance of flurries in the early evening.

Relief from the harsh winter temperatures arrives on Friday, with a high expected to be -2 C. Unfortunately, this warmth comes with a condition attached: another dump of snow is forecast for the start of the weekend.

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Updated on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:57 AM CST: Updates with weather conditions and forecast

7:15 AM: adds missing word

11:40 AM: Corrects typo

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