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Saskatchewan, Manitoba hit by extreme cold warnings, likely staying in effect until this weekend

All of Saskatchewan and most of Manitoba, including Flin Flon, are under an extreme cold warning and will likely be for the rest of the week.
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All of Saskatchewan and most of Manitoba is, as of Jan. 5, under an extreme cold warning that will last until at least this weekend.

All of Saskatchewan and most of Manitoba, including Flin Flon, are under an extreme cold warning and will likely be for the rest of the week.

Environment Canada warnings are in effect for all areas around Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach, warning of extremely cold temperatures and wind chills as cold as minus-50 degrees Celsius.

"A period of very cold wind chills is expected. Extreme wind chills of minus 45 to minus 50 are expected. Cold, arctic air is flooding over Manitoba as a ridge of high pressure builds over the Prairies," reads the Environment Canada warning for the Flin Flon area, issued around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

"Overnight lows in the mid-minus thirties combined with winds of 15 to 30 km/h will give wind chill values of -45 or colder to northern Manitoba. Although wind chill values will moderate during the days, overnight values will remain extreme through to Friday morning for most regions."

Forecasts for the Flin Flon area show overnight temperatures with lows of minus-33 Wednesday night, minus-37 Thursday night and minus-27 Friday night. More cold temperatures are expected into the weekend, but less severe windchills are likely.

"Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill. If it's too cold for you to stay outside, it's too cold for your pet to stay outside," reads the warning.

"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."