After a relatively warm winter so far, southern Manitoba is about to be hit hard by a polar vortex.
Environment Canada meteorologist Chris Stammers told 680 CJOB The beginning that really freezing temperatures are only a few days away.
“I’m not going to make too many friends unfortunately with this news, but the cold weather is back,” Stammers said.
“We’ve had a nice break since around Christmas time here in southern Manitoba, but it looks like the cold is on its way.
“There’s going to be some snow tonight and tomorrow afternoon and then we’ll see the real cold air start to creep in by the weekend.”
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Stammers said that for a period of about 10 days, starting over the weekend, the region will experience highs in the -20s, with lows steadily dropping below -30C.
“We will see wind chills in the -40s so definitely expect extreme cold warnings.
“It’s going to be quite long, unfortunately. … It looks like it will be seven to 10 days of fairly cold temperatures.
While none of this is good news for Manitobans hoping to participate in outdoor activities in the near future, there is a silver lining…literally. According to Stammers, the cold weather will be accompanied by plenty of sunshine.
“That’s always the good news – the only good news, I guess,” he said.
“When you see those kinds of temperatures, you’ll get plenty of sunshine, so that’s the silver lining.”
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