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Winnipeg's winter weather woes

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Winnipeg's coldest winter in 35 years has blown more bitterly cold winds and dumped more snow on this city than many residents had ever seen before. The deep freeze isn't forecast to thaw any time soon, but to help us all more fully appreciate spring's eventual arrival, here's a look at the firm grip of winter 2014.

  • Winnipeggers hurry across Portage Avenue at Vaughan in high winds and bitterly cold temperatures Wednesday afternoon. This cold snap isn't expected to warm significantly until next week, according to Environment Canada.

    Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Winnipeggers hurry across Portage Avenue at Vaughan in high winds and bitterly cold temperatures Wednesday afternoon. This cold snap isn't expected to warm significantly until next week, according to Environment Canada.

  • Traffic moves slowly through the water from a large water main break on southbound lanes of Route 90 at Selkirk Avenue on a -25C Tuesday morning. Water main breaks have consistently plagued city workers and commuters this winter.

    Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press

    Traffic moves slowly through the water from a large water main break on southbound lanes of Route 90 at Selkirk Avenue on a -25C Tuesday morning. Water main breaks have consistently plagued city workers and commuters this winter.

  • High winds and blowing snow on CentrePort Canada Way face drivers coming in and out of the city as temperatures dropped to around -30 C on Feb. 26.

    KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    High winds and blowing snow on CentrePort Canada Way face drivers coming in and out of the city as temperatures dropped to around -30 C on Feb. 26.

  • Darren Melanson shovels snow on Lyndale Drive in mid-February. Though Winnipeg is infamous for its harsh winters, this one has already been colder and snowier than many in recent memory.

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    Darren Melanson shovels snow on Lyndale Drive in mid-February. Though Winnipeg is infamous for its harsh winters, this one has already been colder and snowier than many in recent memory.

  • Jeff Monk, facility manager at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, tidies up around the building after a fresh 10-centimetre overnight snowfall in mid-February.

    Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press files

    Jeff Monk, facility manager at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, tidies up around the building after a fresh 10-centimetre overnight snowfall in mid-February.

  • An all-too-brief break in bitter cold brought hundreds to the Forks to skate and walk the River Trail on the Louis Riel Day long weekend. From left, Debra Eddi, 10, Marina  Wedaju, 12, and Salamawit Gebarasaage, 13.

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    An all-too-brief break in bitter cold brought hundreds to the Forks to skate and walk the River Trail on the Louis Riel Day long weekend. From left, Debra Eddi, 10, Marina Wedaju, 12, and Salamawit Gebarasaage, 13.

  • With freezing weather comes frozen pipes. Hundreds of Winnipeggers have been without water as they wait for the city to heat up frozen water lines like this one under Mulvey Avenue.

    KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    With freezing weather comes frozen pipes. Hundreds of Winnipeggers have been without water as they wait for the city to heat up frozen water lines like this one under Mulvey Avenue.

  • Three Amphibex ice-breaking machines were out on the Red River north of Selkirk earlier this month as part of the 2014 ice jam mitigation program, which apparently wasn't a sign of early spring.

    Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press files

    Three Amphibex ice-breaking machines were out on the Red River north of Selkirk earlier this month as part of the 2014 ice jam mitigation program, which apparently wasn't a sign of early spring.

  • At least it looks pretty. Bulldozers push snow up and over a huge mountain of snow at Wilkes and the West Perimeter Highway Wednesday evening.

    Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press

    At least it looks pretty. Bulldozers push snow up and over a huge mountain of snow at Wilkes and the West Perimeter Highway Wednesday evening.

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