Manitoba

Extreme cold warnings end for southern half of Manitoba, winter storm watches remain in north

Extreme cold warnings in place for the entire southern half of Manitoba earlier Thursday have ended, but winter storm watches remain in effect in the north of the province.

Winter storm watches remain in effect for Churchill, York

Winnipeg and the rest of the southern half of the province woke up to temperatures in the –30 C range. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

Extreme cold warnings in place for the entire southern half of Manitoba earlier Thursday have ended, but winter storm watches remain in effect in the north of the province.

Environment Canada issued the alerts earlier Thursday, warning that overnight lows around –30 C combined with winds of up to 15 kilometres would produce extreme wind chill in the –40 range from Swan River east to the Ontario border and all the way down to the Canada-U.S. border. 

Those warnings were lifted shortly after 1 p.m., the weather agency said.

However, CBC meteorologist John Sauder said afternoon temperatures were unlikely to climb much higher than –20 C in the southeast on Thursday, with highs in the –15 C to –17 C range further west.

Temperatures will rise overnight and into Friday morning, Sauder said, reaching –13 C in Winnipeg by Friday morning and around –6 C by the afternoon.

Meanwhile, in the province's northeast, winter storm watches remained in effect Thursday afternoon. A low pressure system is expected to move through some regions Thursday night and into Friday morning.

Watches remained in effect for Churchill and York, but the storm watches in effect for Brochet and Tadoule Lake ended before noon.

A strong cold front is expected on the back end of that low pressure system, with northwesterly winds gusting between 50 and 70 km/h, or as high as 80 km/h in Churchill. Environment Canada says to expect low visibility in the north.

Environment Canada says expect snowfall amounts in the 5 to 10 centimetre range, particularly closer to the Manitoba-Nunavut border.

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