Winnipeg experiencing coldest winter in 35 years
City poised to have 3rd-coldest winter in over a century, says CBC meteorologist John Sauder
If it feels like Winnipeg's had a brutally frigid winter, you're not alone: CBC meteorologist John Sauder says at this point, the city hasn't had this cold of a winter since 1978-79.
Many people in the province woke up on Wednesday to another day of very cold temperatures, extreme wind chills and blowing snow.
Another surge of Arctic air pushed southward, moving through central areas early in the morning. Northwesterly winds produced extreme wind chills in central and northern areas.
Winnipeg was sitting at –17 C in the morning, but with a windchill that made it feel more like –29.
The mercury fell to below the –20 C mark in the afternoon. With the wind chill, it felt more like –35 C.
In Winnipeg, the poorest visibility was on the outskirts of the city, along the north Perimeter Highway.
The westbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway near Headingley, Man., just outside Winnipeg, were shut down for several hours on Wednesday afternoon as crews cleaned up a three-vehicle crash that was attributed in part to poor visibility.
Sauder said if his forecasted temperatures for the rest of February are factored in — with daytime temperatures below –20 C and nighttime lows around –30 C — it looks like this winter will be the third-coldest winter in over a century and the 11th-coldest on record.
The normal daytime high temperature for this time of year in Winnipeg is –6 C with an overnight low of –16 C.
Sauder's extended forecast calls for daytime highs between –13 C and –23 C in the city for the next week. The expected lows are between –26 C and –34 C.
In addition to the cold, there's been plenty of snow. Winnipeg has had 127 centimetres of it, which is 50 per cent more than normal for this time of year.