Canadians brave wild winter weather

Having been called off of their service rig due to temperatures dropping to lows -40C, Mikey White,...

Having been called off of their service rig due to temperatures dropping to lows -40C, Mikey White, Jordan Weir, Devin Dudley, and Braden Schienbein to make the most of their day off and took to frozen artificial pond at Bud Miller Park to play a bit of pick up hockey in Lloydminster, Alta. JEFF PETERS/QMI AGENCY

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From Alberta to the east coast, Canadians are braving everything that Old Man Winter is throwing at them.

On Sunday morning, Environment Canada said "a cold Arctic airmass combined with winds of 20 to 30 km/h is currently bringing wind chill values of minus 40 to 45 in Eastern Alberta" and warned that "frostbite on exposed skin may occur in less than 5 minutes."

Manitoba and Saskatchewan also felt the full wrath of that Arctic airmass.

Environment Canada said the southern Prairies would experience dangerous wind chills in the -45C to -50C range Sunday morning that would persist through the night into Monday before letting up Tuesday.

But it did have some good news for the those provinces, forecasting "a significant warming trend later in the week across southern Manitoba."

Ontarians, meanwhile, anticipated bitterly cold winds, snow squalls and significant freezing rain Sunday evening and Monday morning.

"Travel conditions are expected to deteriorate and become hazardous due to accumulating snow and reduced visibilities in falling snow and blowing snow," Environment Canada said on its site. "Furthermore, where freezing rain falls, untreated surfaces will quickly become icy and slippery."

Snow and freezing rain was forecasted for southern, western and eastern Quebec, warning that "the amount of freezing rain will

be significant, reaching 10 to 20 millimetres locally in several regions."

New Brunswick will experience an extended period of freezing rain Monday that will change to rain later in the day, Environment Canada said.

And freezing rain, ice pellets, rain, and strong winds is in the forecast for much of Newfoundland and Labrador Monday night into Tuesday.

That wasn't good news for islanders who've been left in the dark due to a massive power outage.

St. John's Telegram reported that as of early Sunday morning, "Newfoundland Power reported by Twitter that 25,000 customers were left without power on the island. That was down dramatically from the 140,000 powerless customers early Saturday evening."

The agency's website said one-hour rotating outages began Sunday morning to help manage the electricity system, and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro urged customers to avoid unnecessary electricity usage.


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