We’re waking up to a chilly Monday morning across Southern Manitoba, with temperatures in the -30s or lower, in a number of locations. Wind chill values are at -40, or feeling colder, right across the region. An Extreme Cold Warning remains in effect this morning. The coldest wind chill values as of 8 a.m. were recorded in Pilot Mound (-46) and Brandon (-45) which was pretty much the same as Churchill. The temperatures we are seeing this morning as some of the coldest in Canada and the planet for that matter. On top of the cold, the wind will be a factor today as well. But with all that said, the temperatures are nowhere close to record lows for this time of year.

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"High pressure over the eastern Prairies, coupled with a low over northern Hudson Bay, are working together to keep well below average conditions firmly in place, but keep things sunny today," said CMOS Accredited Weathercaster Chris Sumner. "We will see southwesterly winds pick up today, with gusts up to 40 km/h as surface high pressure to our south passes by, and those winds will keep the wind chill front and center all day."

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Sumner said it will be cold again Tuesday, with a chance of flurries in the afternoon as a weak disturbance moves through. 

"Highs of -19 to -21 today and tomorrow," he added. "Wednesday, it’s looking like a brief, one-day break from the really cold conditions, with just slightly below seasonal temperatures, around -15" 

Even though it may warm up a little on Wednesday we may also have some snow and wind, so it may not actually be better. Following that, the cold returns.

"Back to the freezer for Thursday and Friday, as another area of arctic high pressure descends southward, allowing the bitterly cold temperatures to be reinforced with more really cold air, setting up what might be the coolest days of the week".

And after all that chilly talk, something to warm you up. 

"The long-range forecast models are showing an end to this cold snap this coming weekend, as the pattern shifts back to seasonal temperatures for this time of year, but also potentially a more active pattern," noted Sumner. "There are early signs of multiple chances of snow next week, but conditions will be much warmer then they will be this week."

Averages for this time of year are -10 daytime and -20 overnight and we have made it through the coldest part of winter as far as averages are concerned.