Extreme wind chills of -40 hit Manitoba
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 8:39 AM -
Wind chill warnings were issued for parts of southern Manitoba Wednesday morning, including the City of Winnipeg, where the morning low was feeling like -40.
" A building ridge of high pressure in Saskatchewan is bringing another surge of cold Arctic air into southern Manitoba," said Environment Canada in the warning. "Winds have increased to 40 km/h gusting to 60 km/h overnight throughout the Red River Valley."
The winds combined with freshly fallen snow, resulted in widespread blowing snow with visibilities below 800 metres early Wednesday.
The poor conditions prompted some school closures and bus cancellations.
"Visibilities will begin to improve in the morning as the winds diminish," EC adds.
Temperatures however, are not expected to recover much with the threat of extreme wind chills continuing for most of the day and into the morning hours on Thursday.
Officials warn that these temperatures can be dangerous and frostbite on exposed skin can occur in less than 10 minutes.