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Extreme cold warnings from Manitoba to New Brunswick

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WATCH ABOVE: Extreme cold is affecting Central Canada and parts of Eastern Canada, with temperatures feeling like -30 to -45 C with the wind chill. Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and eastern Newfoundland all have cold alerts in areas – Feb 13, 2016

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.

Regions marked in red are bracing for extreme cold on Feb. 13, 2016. Environment Canada

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.

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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.

WATCH: Winter surfing in Saint John. 

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With Files from Global’s Peter Kim. 

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