Extreme cold warnings lifted for all of Manitoba

Southern Manitoba is no longer under an extreme cold warning but it’s far from balmy.

Environment Canada put out the extreme cold warning on Tuesday as temperatures dropped and the wind chill created an elevated risk of frostbite or hypothermia.

The warning was removed Wednesday morning but frigid temperatures remain. Temperatures in the south are only expected to reach a high of –24 C to –22 C with a wind chill making it feel more like –38 during morning and –30 in the afternoon. 

Thursday’s forecast calls for highs around –20 C but gusting winds, up to 50 km/h, will raise the wind chill to nearly –40.

Sun and a slight warm-up arrives for Christmas weekend with highs between –17 C and –19 C.

The normal high for this time of year is –11 C.

Churchill under blizzard warning

Although not under a cold warning, Churchill remains under a blizzard warning, with very poor visibility.

A low-pressure system tracking toward the Kivalliq coast will produce strong northerly winds of 50 km/h, with gusts up to 70 km/h, according to Environment Canada.

A map of the southwestern coast of Hudson Bay shows an area on the coast, including Churchill, shaded orange. Text on the image says "weather alert" and "blizzard warning."
The orange area is under a blizzard warning. (John Sauder/CBC)

High winds, combined with snowfall, will reduce visibility to less than 400 metres and make travel hazardous.

Conditions are expected to remain poor in the Churchill area until Thursday, when winds will slowly weaken.

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