People in southern Manitoba are facing a big change in the weather — literally facing it, dropping the scarves and removing the balaclavas.

There's less call for layers now as the brutal, biting cold that gripped much of the province for more than three weeks has moved out.

The temperature in Winnipeg at 7 a.m. on Thursday was –14 C with a wind chill that made it feel more like –26.

Nice, but blustery

The warmer temperatures are being ushered in by brisk winds and that’s causing some problems out on the roads, said Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation spokesperson Tim Blazanovic.

The blowing snow is reducing visibility on many highways, particularly those from the Interlake region to southern Manitoba.

By comparison, the three previous days this week registered temperatures between –30 C to –35 C at the same time of the day, with wind chills between –42 and –46.

Ruth Hacko welcomed the warm up as she waited for a bus at the corner of River Avenue and Osborne Street at 7 a.m. Thursday.

"I don't have to wear snow pants. I'm risking just pantyhose legs today," she said.

Meg Specht said she likes the sound of 9 C as the projected high for Thursday and the forecast for the next week, which calls for daytime highs of –5 C to –8 C and overnight lows from –10 C to –15 C.

"Wonderful. It sounds so tropical right now," she said.

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