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Prairies: Dangerous wind chill values as temps plunge to -30

Saturday, December 14th 2019, 8:05 pm - Another blast of arctic air is expected for the weekend across the central and eastern Prairies.

Bitter chill returns to the eastern Prairies this weekend as another polar air mass works its way south, bringing temperatures near -30ºC and wind chill values near -40 as far south as Winnipeg. While there is some relief on the horizon, it doesn't look like the region will be getting a visit from an extended warm spell this holiday season. We take a look at how cold it gets and for how long, below.

Visit our Complete Guide to Winter 2019/2020 for an in depth look at the Winter Forecast, tips to plan for it and a sneak peek at the spring season next year


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Extreme cold returns for the central and eastern Prairies
  • Slight relief into the new workweek, but with no real warm signal to round out the month
  • Stay aware of ALERTS in your area

SUNDAY -- WIND CHILL CREATES BITTERLY COLD CONDITIONS

The eastern Prairies are back in the deep freeze this weekend, thanks to a fresh surge of air from the Arctic. An extreme cold warning is in place for the northern tier of Saskatchewan and northeastern Alberta where wind chill values will dip toward -50.

Environment Canada warns residents to watch for cold-related symptoms and limit time outdoors. And, remember: If it's too cold for you to stay outside, it's too cold for your pet to stay outside.

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LOOK AHEAD: NO SIGN OF PROLONGED WARMTH TO FINISH THE YEAR

Temperatures gradually recover into the new week, as a milder pattern develops, and Pacific air slowly floods into the region. Arctic air, however, will resist longest in the eastern Prairies with no real warm signal to finish off the year.

"A pattern isn't going to lock in over the next week or so as waves of Arctic air flood into the region, along with some relief compliments of the Pacific," says Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton.

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Forecasters are also closely watching a potent clipper system that will move across the region during the middle of next week. While the exact track of the system is still uncertain, at this point, it looks like a more northerly track is expected. That means significant snow will stay well north of the Yellowhead Highway, but with considerable snow expected across northern Alberta, including Fort McMurray.

WATCH: EPIC HOT WATER TOSS IN MANITOBA SHOWS JUST HOW TRULY COLD IT IS

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