An already below-seasonal cold snap is about to push more firmly into the realm of dangerous in the hours ahead, says an Extreme Cold Warning expanded by Environment and Climate Change Canada on Wednesday afternoon to include Brandon and area.
During the day on Wednesday the city had been seeing wind chill values hovering around the high minus 30s, carrying frostbite risk at just shy of the -40 wind chill threshold used by ECCC to issue such a warning sooner. According to the most recent Brandon forecast, values are expected to plummet further throughout the evening and into the overnight hours to an eventual low of minus 35 and a “feels like” wind chill value of -48 in the lead-up to sunrise on Thursday morning. At those levels it’s said that frostbite is possible in minutes.
In anticipation of the cold, Brandon School Division announced early Wednesday evening that school buses would not operate outside of the city for the entire day on Thursday:
An Extreme Cold Warning had already been in place to start Wednesday for points further North include Minnedosa and Riding Mountain National Park and had been extended in the morning to other area communities including Melita, Virden and Rivers.
All watches and warnings in place for Manitoba can be reviewed at https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=mb
As of the time of this posting, Thursday’s high is called to be minus 24 with wind chills in the mid-to-high minus 30s. Thankfully a moderation is expected overnight Thursday into Friday with an overnight Thursday low of a more seasonal minus 24 noted in the Brandon forecast and an above-normal high on Friday of minus 10. Alongside that moderation is an expected 5-10cm shot of snow from Friday afternoon into Saturday.
For most current values please check the most recent ECCC forecast.
Updated: Jan 15, 5:10pm. Added Brandon school bus information