February 4, 2019 1:25 pm
Updated: February 5, 2019 1:09 am

Edmontonians deal with freezing temperatures as city sits under extreme cold warning

WATCH ABOVE: Global Edmonton meteorologist Jesse Beyer's 6 p.m. weather forecast for Edmonton and surrounding areas for Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.


It’s really cold and Edmontonians aren’t happy about it.

After a weekend that saw Alberta’s capital hit with 12 to 16 centimetres of snow and temperatures around -30 C, Edmonton residents made the commute to start the work week on Monday morning under an extreme cold warning, with the temperature continuing to hover around -30 C.

READ MORE: Extreme cold warning continues, blankets most of Alberta

As they woke up on Monday, the weather occupied the thoughts of many Twitter users in Edmonton:

READ MORE: Snowfall and winter storm warnings for Edmonton, central Alberta

Watch below: With Edmonton expecting another bitterly cold night, Vinesh Pratap takes a look at whether there’s enough shelter space for the city’s most vulnerable citizens.

The combination of the snow over the weekend and the freezing temperature made for icy conditions on Edmonton roads, which made the commute lengthy for some drivers on Monday morning.

Watch below: Edmonton is currently mired in a deep freeze and as Fletcher Kent reports, drivers say the weather is making it a challenge to navigate the city’s roads.

Watch below: With Edmonton settled into a bitterly cold stretch of winter weather, many drivers are needing roadside assistance. Albert Delitala reports.

The cold temperatures even affected local ski hills on Monday.

Snow Valley and Rabbit Hill were both closed Monday. Sunridge was closed as well and will be closed on Tuesday, according to their website.

Snow Valley was closed Sunday and Monday as temperatures got dangerously cold in Edmonton.

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It doesn’t appear the forecast will improve much this week, with the high for the next seven days expected to be on Sunday at -14 C.

The highs were expected to remain at around -27 C on Monday and Tuesday.

Bus service cancelled

Several area school districts have cancelled bus service due to the extreme cold.

  • Aspen View Public Schools bus service cancelled for Tuesday, Feb. 5. Schools remain open
  • Black Gold School Division bus service cancelled for Tuesday, Feb. 5. Schools remain open
  • Elk Island Catholic Schools in Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park and Strathcona County bus service cancelled for Tuesday, Feb. 5. Schools remain open
  • Elk Island Public Schools bus service cancelled before and after school for Tuesday, Feb. 5. Schools remain open
  • Parkland School Division Regional Transportation system has cancelled bus service for Tuesday, Feb. 5
  • St. Paul Education Regional Division No. 1 rural bus service cancelled for Tuesday, Feb. 5. Schools remain open and buses will still run in the town of St. Paul itself.

Watch below: The cold weather is being linked to a death in west Edmonton this weekend. Plus, several area ski hills are closed due to the frigid conditions. 

– With files from Kirby Bourne, 630 CHED.

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