Winter solstice takes place today marking the official start of winter. Though it certainly already feels and looks like it out there in Manitoba.  

After a bitterly cold night, temperatures are expected to improve. Just not very quickly.  

“Extreme cold warnings have been lifted at this time however it’s still very cold out,” says Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist Robyn Dyck.  

Temperatures are expected to hover around the warning threshold (-40 degrees with windchill) and are still considered to be “hazardous,” according to Dyck.   

“This arctic ridge of high pressure that is entrenched over the prairies will not be going anywhere very quickly,” explains Dyck, who warns the next 24 hours will still see rather frigid temperatures.  

Looking ahead to the Christmas weekend, temperatures are expected to warm, though certainly aren’t going to be balmy.  

“We’ll see a slight warmup for Christmas... though still below normal,” says Dyck.  

With forecast highs of -18 degrees on Saturday and -19 on Christmas Day, Sunday,  those temperatures are below the seasonal high of -11 degrees expected this time of year. 3 

“Maybe not as nice as we’d like it to be but it’s winter, you’ve got to have some snow and Christmassy feeling,” says Dyck.  

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