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Day two of the 'freakishly cold' weather with -40 wind chills

Thursday, February 13th 2020, 11:30 am - Extreme cold warnings cover much of Manitoba and Saskatchewan into Thursday morning.

From -4°C on Tuesday night to -27°C by early Wednesday morning -- a more than 20-degree temperature plunge put Winnipeg, Manitoba into dangerous territory in just 12 hours this week.

For the second day in a row on Thursday, extreme cold warnings covered southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan as wind chill values into the -40s were reported early in the day.

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"Extreme cold puts everyone at risk," Environment Canada cautions in the warning, adding to cover up as "frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill."

Residents are also urged to watch for cold-related symptoms including:

  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • muscle pain and weakness
  • numbness and colour change in fingers and toes

Temperatures will recover, however, beginning first in southern Alberta, where downsloping winds will bring temperatures back to the mid-single digits.

By Friday and the weekend, most of the southern Prairies will see daytime highs hovering around the freezing mark, though colder in Manitoba with the wind chill still making it feel like -10.

Friday wind chill

"Colder than seasonal temperatures will dominate into early next week across the Prairies, but milder Pacific air will then spread across the region by the mid and late week mark," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

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