A bitter cold is gripping parts of central and eastern Canada today as temperatures dip to -45 C with the wind chill in some areas.
Environment Canada has issued extreme cold warnings for provinces from Manitoba to New Brunswick.
The national weather forecaster says temperatures could fall to -45 C in Ottawa today with the wind chill, warming up to -35 C overnight.
In Toronto, this weekend is expected to be one of the coldest so far this winter. Mother Nature’s timing could not be any worse for those hoping to make the NBA All-Star Weekend a memorable one for players and fans alike.
In New Brunswick, temperatures are expected to hover between -35 C and -40 C with the wind chill until Sunday.
Quebec and Manitoba can expect much of the same, with temperatures warming up early next week.
Meanwhile, Newfoundland is bracing for a winter storm that could bring up to 20 centimetres of snow to eastern parts of the island today.
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With Files from Global’s Peter Kim.
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