We woke up to a chilly Monday morning across Southern Manitoba, with temperatures plunging into the -30s, or lower, in a number of locations, and wind chill values at -40, or feeling colder, almost right across the region. Extreme Cold Warnings remain in effect this morning.
"High pressure over the eastern Prairies, coupled with a low over northern Hudson Bay, are working together to keep well below average conditions firmly in place, but keep things sunny today," said CMOS Accredited Weathercaster Chris Sumner. "We will see southwesterly winds pick up today, with gusts up to 40 km/h as surface high pressure to our south passes by, and those winds will keep the wind chill front and centre all day."
Sumner said it will be cold again Tuesday, with a chance of flurries in the afternoon as a weak disturbance moves through.
"Highs of -19 to -21 today and tomorrow," he added. "Wednesday, it’s looking like a brief, one day break from the really cold conditions, with just slightly below seasonal temperatures, around -15, but back to the freezer for Thursday and Friday, as another area of arctic high pressure descends southward, allowing the bitterly cold temperatures to be reinforced with more really cold air, setting up what might be the coolest days of the week".
And after all that chilly talk, something to warm you up.
"The long-range forecast models are showing an end to this cold snap this coming weekend, as the pattern shifts back to seasonal temperatures for this time of year, but also potentially a more active pattern," noted Sumner. "There are early signs of multiple chances of snow next week, but conditions will be much warmer then they will be this week."
Averages for this time of year are -10 daytime and -20 overnight.