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After blowing snow, Arctic air tightens its grip on the Prairies

After blowing snow, Arctic air tightens its grip on the Prairies

The snow was on its way out of the Prairie region Monday evening, but the extreme cold was going nowhere, and is expected to remain a hazard all week. The worst of it spreads of Saskatchewan Tuesday, with daytime highs around -30°C but feeling down to -40 with the wind chill. More details on this deep freeze, below.


After a burst of snow, much of the Prairies ended the day Monday still under an extreme cold warning, with temperatures still down past -40°C for some areas, feeling closer to -50 with the wind chill.

To give a bit of perspective on how extremely cold the Prairies are just now, consider Grand Prairie marked a temperature of -44.4°C on Monday. That was, in fact, colder than parts of the high Arctic, and it wasn’t even close: Alert, on the northern shore of Ellesmere Island and the northern-most populated place in the world, made it to -30.3°C Monday, around 14 degrees warmer than Grand Prairie.

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The deepest reservoir of cold air will slide into Saskatchewan by Tuesday, spreading high temperatures around -30°C to Prince Albert and Saskatoon.

Frigid temperatures will push into Manitoba on Tuesday, as well, with high temperatures plummeting into the -20s for Winnipeg for the remainder of the week.



Nighttime lows will dip into the middle -30s, with wind chill values pushing -40 or even lower.

Temperatures will warm slightly in Alberta, but it’s all relative when Calgary’s warmest high temperature this week will be a balmy -16°C on Thursday afternoon.



Extreme cold will remain a hazard all week. Significantly below-seasonal temperatures will persist on the Prairies into the beginning of January.

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Check back for the latest on the dangerously cold air spilling over the Prairies.