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Extreme wind chill values continue across all Prairie provinces this weekend. See how long the brutal trend will last.

Dangerously cold temperatures grip the Prairies

Digital writers

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 8:11 PM -

The icy grip of winter continues to take hold of the Prairies, as temperatures and wind chill will go as low as minus 50 this weekend.

Saturday morning started off with record breaking lows across the Prairies. Rosetown, Sask., dipped to a bitter -40.7 °C , while Winnipeg, Man., though not as cold, still had early risers shivering in -35.9 °C, with wind chill making it feel like minus 48.

HOW COLD WILL IT GET?: View our interactive wind chill map here!

Arctic high pressure will continue to build throughout the day Saturday, bringing more bitterly cold arctic air to the region.

"Dangerously cold temperatures will continue through the weekend," said Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham. "Wind chill values Saturday will not be quite as extreme as they were on Friday, but there will still be record lows for some areas."

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Wind chill warnings have been issued across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. 

"Wind chills should moderate somewhat into the minus 35 to minus 40 range this afternoon as temperatures rise," said Environment Canada in a statement. "However, wind chills are expected to fall below the minus 40 threshold again tonight into Sunday." 

The cold snap is expected to persist into early next week before a moderating trend begins by mid to late week. 

Residents are advised to take precaution when going outdoors, as frostbite on exposed skin can occur in less than five minutes. 

Be sure to visit our Alerts page for a list of all watches and warnings.

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