February freezes Manitoba to the bitter end
It's the last day of February and the month is going out kicking and screaming with "dangerous" wind chills across most of the province.
Extreme wind chills below –40 will develop in central and western Manitoba Friday morning and spread southeastward by the evening, according to Environment Canada, which stressed that "dangerous wind chills of –45 to –50 are expected tonight."
If wind chills aren't enough, north winds are expected to gust from 30 km/h to 60 km/h and with some light snow moving in later today, the visibility on the highways will likely be terrible.
Winds should begin to diminish later in the day and into tonight but the temperature won't improve. In fact, Saturday will be worse.
A high of –26 C is expected but with an extreme wind chill of about –50.
In the northern part of the province, wind chill values between –45 and –55 will be felt Friday morning. They will moderate slightly by the afternoon to the –40 range before surging again overnight and into Saturday.
The extreme cold across the province is expected to last into early next week, Environment Canada says.
If it's any consolation, the first day of spring is just three weeks away.