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Prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected for Prairies


10:32 AM CST Wednesday 15 January 2020 Extreme Cold Warning in effect for areas in red

A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Wind chill values near -40 will continue at times through the day in parts of western Manitoba. This bitterly cold air will expand across southern Manitoba through the day; extreme cold warnings will likely expand eastwards this afternoon.

Temperatures are expected to moderate to near-seasonal values for Friday, then colder air returns again for the weekend. Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.

Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.

Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks to warm up.

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