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An icy start to the weekend across parts of the Prairies is an understatement as some areas deal with windchills near -50.

Unbearably cold temps elevate health risks for the Prairies


Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, February 12, 2016, 11:22 AM - An icy start to the weekend across parts of the Prairies is an understatement as some areas deal with windchills near -50.

"An Arctic ridge of high pressure building into the Prairies is bringing very cold air southward today with wind chill values near minus 40 over much of southern Manitoba and east central Saskatchewan," says Environment Canada in an extreme cold weather warning issued early Friday morning.

Over northern Manitoba, even more extreme windchill values of -45 to -50 are forecast.

These bone-chilling temperatures may hit extra hard after a milder than usual winter that has spoiled much of the region.

Officials are warning residents to properly dress for these conditions and to limit any time spent outdoors.

"Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia," EC says.

In addition to the frigid temperatures, up to 10 cm of snow could fall across central Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba through Sunday.

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