The bite is about to end for Manitobans.

The extreme cold snap that began well before Christmas — bringing wind chills between –40 and –50 — is moving out.

Warming ways

Light at the end of the tunnel: John Sauder's countdown to warmer weather

On Thursday, Winnipeggers will enjoy a temperature 22 degrees warmer than what they were slapped with on Wednesday.

CBC Meteorologist John Sauder is calling for a high of –11 C on Thursday in Winnipeg. In comparison, the temperature was a harsh –33 C at 8 a.m. Wednesday, but with a wind chill that made it feel more like –42.

Sauder's longer-range forecast calls for daytime highs of –7 C to –6 through the weekend.

The overnight lows for those days could even get into single-digit minus temperatures.

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