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"Dangerously cold air" takes hold of Prairies

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Sunday, December 29, 2013, 8:30 PM -

Frigid temperatures are here to stay in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, at least until Friday.

"Alberta will see a bit of a see-saw, with milder Pacific air clashing with the colder polar air," said Gina Ressler, a meteorologist with The Weather Network. "Some areas of snow will develop along this boundary over the next few days."

It's part of a general pattern of frigidity that will settle in across all of eastern Canada starting Monday.

The Prairie provinces have already had their share of frigid weather already this weekend, in a system that sent temperatures plunging and dropped several centimetres of snow across the region.

Parts of the region were under a flash-freeze warning as early as Friday, and although those were dropped, wind chill warnings accompanied winter storm and snowfall warnings in many locations as an Alberta Clipper made its way east.

As a taste of things to come, morning windchill values have Sunday morning feeling like -40 or colder.

Ressler says the cold weather will last at least until Friday, with no warm up expected until early next week.

Tune in to the Weather Network on TV for continuous forecasts and updates as we move closer to New Year's Day.


RELATED: Read what our meteorologists have to say about the New Year's cooldown.


Meanwhile, a series of weather systems approaching Alberta could have parts of the province digging out of as much as 20 cm of snowfall by Tuesday. 

Environment Canada says the heaviest snowfall is expected to fall near Highway 43 from Whitecourt to Beaverlodge. 

For a full list of watches and warnings, be sure to visit our Alerts page.

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