Forecasters weren’t lying when they said Winnipeg will experience its coldest Christmas since 1996.
The city was placed under an extreme cold warning early Sunday, setting the stage for bitterly cold air that moved into southern Manitoba this weekend. Environment Canada says wind chill values will be near or below -40 at times through the Christmas period.
This morning’s temperature was hovering around -27°C, but feeling more like -31.
The multi-day cold snap won’t really let the southern portion of the province out of its grip under into the new year, according to the long range forecast.
Environment Canada is advising to dress warmly in layers, with the outer layer being wind resistant. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.
“Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle such as extra blankets and jumper cables,” the warning says.