Frigid end to the year

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Manitobans are in for a chilly end to 2018.

As temperatures are forecast to plummet throughout the day and overnight, Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold alert.

According to the alert, a moderate northeast wind and temperatures falling well into the negative 20s will bring extreme wind chills of minus 40 or colder beginning this morning to the north basin of Lake Winnipeg.

These extreme wind chills will likely persist through Sunday night and into Monday morning and will spread to the remaining waters Sunday night and persist well into Monday.

Strong northerly winds will bring poor visibilities in blowing snow to Lake Manitoba and the south basin of Lake Winnipeg tonight and into Monday morning.

Environment Canada says to watch for cold-related symptoms, including shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frostbite and hypothermia.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to MBstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #MBStorm.

Latest information is always available at https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html.

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