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Wind chill warnings continue across much of the Prairies

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Sunday, January 5, 2014, 3:15 PM -

The deep freeze continues to grip much of the Prairies, as another wave of bitterly cold Arctic air moves across the region.

Environment Canada is warning of 'extreme wind chills' with temperatures feeling close to minus 50 in some areas.

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At these readings, frostbite on exposed skin can occur in 5 to 10 minutes. Residents are advised to hunker down if possible, or to dress in layers if travel is absolutely necessary.

In Alberta, the sudden drop in temperatures follows freezing rain, and police say it's made many highways extremely slippery.

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Wind chills are expected to remain in the minus 40 to minus 45 range Sunday afternoon into Monday, before things start to significantly warm up later in the week.

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

With files from The Canadian Press

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