WATCH: While the extreme cold weather warning has been lifted, it’s still frigid in the Edmonton area. Jessica Kent finds out how the cold weather is impacting work and travel.
EDMONTON — It will still be pretty cold in the Capital Region for the next couple of days — just not quite as cold.
Environment Canada dropped the extreme cold warnings early Monday afternoon. However, don’t expect warm conditions just yet.
“It’s COLD,” said Global Edmonton chief meteorologist Nicola Crosbie. “We’re getting lots of sunshine to compensate. Bundle up.”
She explained Arctic air will stay in place until Sunday.
Delays at the Edmonton International Airport Monday were mostly the result of cold temperatures, which saw plane batteries dying, water lines, hydraulics, and cargo doors freezing.
It was a bitterly cold weekend in the Capital Region. With frigid wind chill values in the forecast, Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning on Saturday. Most of central Alberta was under the warning Saturday night. Environment Canada said a period of very cold wind chills was expected in the region.
Watch: Chief Meteorologist Nicola Crosbie tells us the extreme cold weather warnings have been dropped.
The extreme cold warning was dropped for some places around Alberta on Sunday. The communities of Peace River, Slave Lake, Whitecourt, Vegreville and the Cold Lake region were included in the warning.
Edmonton reached a daytime high of -24°C on Sunday.
The hot spot in Alberta on Sunday was Crowsnest, which reached a high of -17°C. Dapp, a hamlet in northern Alberta, was the coldest place in the province at -41.9°C.
Global Edmonton weather specialist Kevin O’Connell said warmer air should make its way into the region by Wednesday with flurries in the forecast by the end of the week.
Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.
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