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Extreme wind chill warning issued

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There’s no truth to the rumour that the polar bears at Assiniboine Park Zoo are finding it too cold here and have put in a request to be transferred back to Churchill.

No one would blame them if they did, though.

Environment Canada has issued an extreme wind chill warning and a blowing snow warning for Winnipeg and the surrounding area this afternoon into this evening.

Another Arctic air mass -- famously known this winter as a polar vortex -- is travelling through the region this morning, bringing along with it strong winds and bitterly cold wind chills. By late afternoon, wind chills should drop into the -40 range, meaning frostbite can occur on exposed skin in less than 10 minutes.

Bottom line: it will be just absolutely miserable to be outside for any length of time. Bundle up, folks.

Today’s forecast calls for a 40 per cent chance of flurries and a high of -16 C. That will drop to -21 C as the day moves on.

Environment Canada has also issued a blowing snow advisory for the city and the Red River Valley this afternoon and evening. By noon, a west wind blowing at 50 km/h is expected to see gusts in the 70 km/h to 80 km/h range. Open areas in the city, specifically around the Perimeter Highway, are likely to see periods of low visibilities.

Those high winds and resulting blowing snow should diminish later this evening but don’t expect things to warm up. The low tonight is -34 C, feeling like -46 with the wind chill.

Cold temperatures make up the forecast for rest of the week (and into the weekend), with daytime highs in the -20 C to -25 C range.

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Updated on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 12:44 PM CST: adds photo

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