December 31, 2013 7:39 am

United Airlines cancels Winnipeg flights due to cold

United Airlines has cancelled flights of its Embraer 145 commuter jets, like this one, in and out of Winnipeg due to the cold.

Mark Duncan / The Associated Press file photo

WINNIPEG – The temperature in Winnipeg is so low, one United States-based airline has cancelled flights in and out of the city’s airport.

Samantha Harrison from United Airlines told Global News flights to or from Chicago and Denver were cancelled over the past couple of days “due to the unique combination of extreme low temperatures and ice crystals that would exceed the safe operating guidelines of our aircraft.”

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There were nine United flights in and out of Winnipeg cancelled on Monday, and three flights out of Winnipeg scheduled for Tuesday morning are also cancelled. Other aircraft were flying in and out of the airport on Monday.

By the end of Tuesday, Winnipeg will post the second-coldest December on record since the 1800s.

An extreme wind chill warning issued for Winnipeg on Monday continued on Tuesday morning.

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Environment Canada warned of wind chills in the -40 to -50 range, but conditions are forecast to improve in the afternoon as winds diminish and the temperature rises.

Wind chill warnings also continue for:

  • Brandon, Carberry, Treherne
  • Brochet
  • Churchill
  • Dugald, Beausejour, Grand Beach
  • Gillam
  • Killarney, Pilot Mound, Manitou
  • Lynn Lake, Leaf Rapids, Pukatawagan
  • Morden, Winkler, Altona, Emerson, Morris
  • Portage la Prairie, Headingley, Brunkild, Carman
  • Selkirk, Gimli, Stonewall, Woodlands, Eriksdale
  • Shamattawa
  • Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Dominion City, Vita, Richer
  • Tadoule Lake
  • Thompson, Nelson House, Split Lake
  • York

The temperatures are still below -30 C in western and central Manitoba, but wind chill values are virtually the same as the temperatures, so warnings in those areas have ended.

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