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Extreme deep freeze ends in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan weather outlook: Jan. 16
WATCH ABOVE: The seven-day Saskatchewan weather forecast with Global's Peter Quinlan on Thursday, Jan. 16.

UPDATE: All extreme cold warnings mentioned in this story have ended

Parts of Saskatchewan are seeing a brief respite from the extreme cold conditions in the province.

Environment Canada says the extreme wind chill values will ease Thursday in most regions as a passing low brings in warmer temperatures.

READ MORE: Extreme cold warnings in place in Alberta, wind chills of -40 expected in some regions

Officials say the relief won’t last long as cold air will return on Friday night as more arctic air spills into the province.

The extreme cold will then last through the weekend, Environment Canada said.

Frostbite can occur in less than 10 minutes at these values.

READ MORE: Historically low temperatures coming to much of B.C. as winter chill sets in

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Anyone heading outside should dress warmly and in layers and ensure the outer layer is wind resistant.

People working outside should take regular breaks to warm up.

At extreme wind chill values of -40 frostbite on exposed skin may occur in less than 10 minutes. At values below -50 frostbite may occur in less than 5 minutes.
At extreme wind chill values of -40, frostbite on exposed skin may occur in less than 10 minutes. At values below -50, frostbite may occur in less than five minutes. Peter Quinlan / Skytracker

Cold-related symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour changes in fingers and toes.

READ MORE: Animal welfare calls triple during brutal Saskatchewan cold spell

Emergency supplies, such as extra blankets and jumper cables, should be kept in vehicles.

Environment Canada issues extreme cold warnings when there is an elevated risk to health such as frostbite or hypothermia.

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First responders facing Saskatchewan winter challenges
First responders facing Saskatchewan winter challenges