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No balmy temps in the future yet

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William Friesen takes a tumble while sledding at Kilcona Park Sunday.

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THE calendar says spring, but the air says winter.

And it's going to stay that way for a few more days.

This is fine if you have a lot of favourite cosy sweaters or you like wearing two pairs of pants.

It is another week of hardship for those living or working in Winnipeg at one of the 1,350 properties without water due to frozen waterlines. It is not known when they will see water that is not ice.

The first day of spring was actually last Thursday but don't be fooled: Plug in your vehicle.

With the wind chill hitting -29 on Sunday night, it won't be any better today.

Environment Canada says snow is in the forecast as there is a 40 per cent chance of midday flurries and a high of -10 C.

Tonight, the temperature will dip to -20 C and again feel like -29 with the wind chill.

Milder temperatures, but still colder than usual for this time of year, are expected for the rest of the week.

That's excellent news for people who make their living with winter-based businesses such as the Stony Mountain Ski Area and for local ski enthusiasts.

"We've got bonus days because of the bonus snow. And it felt like February out there today," said Heather Campbell-Dewar, co-owner with her husband, Gary, of the Stony Mountain resort, located 11 kilometres north of Winnipeg on Highway 7. The resort will be open to the public today and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. as some school groups had to reschedule from cancellations earlier in the season due to bitter cold.

"We were open until April 26 last year and we're expecting to be open this year through spring break and Easter," Campbell-Dewar said, noting Stony Mountain was closed two years ago at this time when spring showed up early and the snow melted in about a week. "We do love winter out here. And this kind of makes up for your Christmas when it was 40 below and everyone was hibernating."

Stony will be open on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on the weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..

At Springhill Winter Sports Park, skiers can still hit the slopes Tuesday to Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, there will be a high of -10 C, but more snow is in the forecast for Wednesday with a high of -6 C and a low of -16 C,

More sun will show up by Thursday and Friday but it will still be unseasonably cold.

Thursday's high is forecast to be -7 C with a low of -10 C while Friday will bring a high of -3 C but a low of -16 C.

At this point, it looks as if seasonal normals should return by the weekend.

The regional normal average temperatures are a high of 2 C and low of -8 C.

There is some bright news amid the cold. We are now enjoying more than 12 hours of daylight each day, with the sunrise at 7:25 a.m. and the sunset at 7:45 p.m.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 24, 2014 B1

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