Brittle cold, Melita, Virden, Shoal Lake

Don't take chances in this weather.

People woke up this morning, Feb. 8, to brittle cold in southwest Manitoba with the cold spot at Melita, -39C as day dawned mostly clear, and sunny.

With a WNW 13 km breeze at Shoal Lake airport on Friday morning at 6 the wind-chill was rated at -50C.

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School in Fort La Bosse was called off, twice last week, and today, for the third time in 2019.

Where else would you rather be than in Virden, watching men's provincial curling championships?

Skiing at Banff, No!

Most of Alberta will see continued extreme cold return this afternoon and overnight into Saturday morning. Southern Alberta will then warm slightly through Saturday bringing an end to the extreme cold for most areas. In Northern and Central Alberta, the extreme cold should persist in most regions until Monday.

Canada's official weather site warns:

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

If it's too cold for you to stay outside, it's too cold for your pet to stay outside.

Last year, Jan. 30, 2018 the Melita weather station recorded nearly plus 7C. That was the highest temperature for that date, since 1994.

This year, Jan.30, 2019 was cold, -38.8C.

But it has been colder. In 1996 -42C was recorded on Feb. 2, while in 2012 there was a thaw with a high of 2C that day.

And, in case you envy B.C.'s usual flowering February, they are under a snowfall warning on the Island, and poor air quality advisory in Comox Valley..


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