Extreme cold warnings have returned to Manitoba as Old Man Winter puts a frigid squeeze on the province.

A period of very cold wind chills is expected as an Arctic high pressure ridge moved in overnight. Almost all of western Manitoba is under an extreme cold warning, along with the Interlake region and parts of the far north.

That means wind chill values will be at least –40.

Extreme cold warning

The areas in red are under extreme cold warnings. (Environment Canada)

The conditions are expected to moderate around noon in southern Manitoba but more extreme cold is expected Thursday morning.

The deep chill will likely last a little longer in the north, probably until Friday. Temperatures around –35 C, combined with north winds of 10-15 km/h, will see wind chill values near –45.

But there is relief coming to the province by the weekend with temperatures climbing far above normal — possibly reaching a balmy –3 C by Tuesday in Winnipeg. The north could see temperatures as warm as –11 C by mid-week.

Winnipeg forecast for Jan. 11

  • High –23 C (extreme wind chill –37).
  • Mainly sunny.
  • Wind up to 15 km/h during the day, becoming south 30 km/h gusting to 50 km/h this evening.
  • Increasing clouds tonight with light snow beginning near midnight.
  • Low –23 C (wind chill –36).
  • Temperature rising to –19 C overnight into Thursday.

Normal temperatures for this time of year are a daytime high of –13 C and an overnight low of –24 C.

Extended weather forecast for Winnipeg

Extended weather forecast for Winnipeg. (John Sauder/CBC)

How do you cope?

CBC spoke to some Winnipeggers braving the elements at a bus stop in Osborne Village on Wednesday morning and asked them how they cope with the cold.

Most people said three to four layers of clothing is essential — once you can convince yourself to actually leave the house.

Ivory Harder

Ivory Harder waits for a bus on Osborne Street with her five-year-old son Brody and three-year-old daughter Hadley on Wednesday morning. (Meaghan Ketcheson/CBC)

"I don't want to get out of bed. I have my window open a crack, and I can feel the cold, and I'm just like, no, I don't want to get out of bed. My blankets are warm; this is very hard," said Judith Ree.

Ivory Harder, who was waiting with her five-year-old son Brody and three-year-old daughter Hadley, said she has an immediate reaction when she hears a forecast like the one for Wednesday and Thursday.

"Cry inside and set out a lot of clothes," she said. "Think of warm things, hot chocolate."

Amanda Uchendu said she also relies on the power of positive thought to get through days like these.

"Think about next summer and go to the sauna room after a good workout."

Amanda Uchendu

Amanda Uchendu relies on the power of positive thought, and some time in the sauna, to get through days like these. (Meaghan Ketcheson/CBC)