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Posted: 12/30/2013 7:28 AM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 12/30/2013 12:04 PM | Updates
It’s official: Winnipeg is getting colder by the hour.
After a morning of bitterly cold temperatures, Environment Canada has now issued a windchill warning for Winnipeg and the surrounding area, expecting extreme windchill values in the -40 to -45 range today and tomorrow. In extreme wind chill conditions, frostbite can occur on exposed skin in less than 10 minutes.
As of 11:30 a.m. today, all of Manitoba currently rests under an extreme wind chill warning.
In Winnipeg, today’s high has been downgraded to -28 C, while Tuesday’s high is now forecast to only reach -31 C.
All this cold weather has certainly been a boost to CAA Manitoba.
As the province suffers through one of the coldest stretches in recent memory, the automobile association announced December is tracking to be its busiest month since 2005, when monthly service numbers at the organization were first tracked.
CAA Manitoba has served over 18,400 members in the last 30 days, with most of today and tomorrow still to be counted. The previous busiest month was January 2013, when 18,784 calls were answered.
Roadside service calls range from boosting cars, unlocking doors, changing flat tires and towing vehicles out of deep snow.
"When it comes to the winter months, December is usually a slower month," CAA Manitoba spokeswoman Liz Peters said in a release. "Typically, January sees more snow and is far colder. This year, so far has been the exact opposite of that trend.
The auto club also expects to surpass previous high service call totals for a three-month period, as they’ve already serviced 38,420 members since the start of October.
CAA Manitoba expects to service 1,000 calls both today and tomorrow, which isn’t surprising considering the cold grip currently on the province.
Updated on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:06 AM CST: Photo added.
12:04 PM: Writethru.
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