WINNIPEG - Any trace of mild weather this week has vaporized, with Environment Canada issuing persistent winter weather warnings for parts of Manitoba. The West, Interlake, and northwest regions of the province have all been hit with extreme cold warnings, where temperatures plunge into the -30s, and wind makes that air feel like it's -40 or colder.
That wind isn’t particularly strong - up to 10 to 15 km/h - but it’s enough to create dangerously frigid conditions. Environment Canada notes that an Arctic high-pressure system is responsible for bringing us those clouds.
The agency is warming that extremely cold temperatures like these could bring a risk of frostbite that can develop on the skin within minutes, and while it puts everyone at risk, that risk is greater among young children, elders, those with chronic illnesses, and those who don’t have proper shelter. It’s recommended that anyone venturing outside covers up.
While the warning doesn’t effect the Winnipeg area, it's also quite cold in the city, where it will feel like -35 with the windchill. This weather is expected to last through Thursday.