Extreme cold in southern Manitoba brings school bus cancellations

Extreme cold has prompted the cancellation of Brandon School Division buses in rural areas. File

WINNIPEG – Extreme cold prompted Brandon School Division to cancel buses outside of the city on the first day of school after the Christmas break.

Southern Manitoba faced wind chill values near -40 or lower Monday morning, Environment Canada warns.

While school buses are cancelled outside Brandon, they are running in the city and schools are open. Reports that Arthur A. Leach School in Winnipeg was closed are false; school staff confirm the school is open.

CAA Manitoba reports a 16-hour wait for service Monday morning, the automobile association’s busiest since 2013. CAA said via Twitter it received more than 2,000 calls on Sunday.

The wind chill was -37 at the Winnipeg airport at 7 a.m. Monday, but temperatures were expected to rise through the day.

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The extreme cold warning for the following areas ended at 10:20 a.m.:

  • Brandon, Carberry, Treherne
  • Virden, Souris
  • Killarney, Pilot Mound, Manitou
  • Dauphin, Roblin, Winnipegosis
  • Minnedosa, Neepawa, Russell, Riding Mountain National Park

The extreme cold warning ended for the following communities at 7:25 a.m.:

  • Winnipeg
  • Portage la Prairie, Headingley, Brunkild, Carman
  • Morden, Winkler, Altona, Emerson, Morris
  • Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Dominion City, Vita, Richer
  • Selkirk, Gimli, Stonewall, Woodlands, Eriksdale
  • Melita, Boissevain, Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
  • Dugald, Beausejour, Grand Beach
  • Bissett, Nopiming Provincial Park, Pine Falls
  • Whiteshell, Lac du Bonnet, Pinawa
  • Sprague, Northwest Angle Provincial Forest
  • Ste. Rose, McCreary, Alonsa, Gladstone
  • Swan River, Duck Mountain, Porcupine Provincial Forest

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