Arctic air grips the Prairies, feeling like -40 through the weekend

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Friday, December 6, 2013, 9:59 AM -

Cold is an understatement.

Wind chill warnings have been issued across parts of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan with wind chill values below -40 expected.

"Wind chills of -45 were actually reported at several stations this morning," said Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham early Friday.

Frigid temperatures combined with brisk winds will continue to bring extreme wind chill values to both provinces through the weekend.

"It will relax just a bit in Alberta Friday afternoon (still below season), but wind chills are expected to once again reach the minus forties overnight into Saturday," Gillham adds.

Frostbite on exposed skin can occur in less than 10 minutes in these conditions, officials warn. As a result, residents are being urged to limit their time spent outdoors.

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