Environment Canada has just issued an extreme cold warning for the lower half of Manitoba, beginning this evening.

A period of very cold wind chills is expected, with the coldest wind chill values ranging between minus 40 and minus 45. These extreme temperatures will carry over into tonight until tomorrow morning, with conditions improving during the afternoon.

There is a high-pressure system moving into the southern prairies that will be accompanied by clear skies and cold arctic air.

Environment Canada cautions Manitobans to watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes. 

Please cover-up, as frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

Manitobans are also warned to keep their pets inside as well, "If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside," says the statement.

Current watches and warnings

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