Extreme cold gripping parts of central, eastern Canada this weekend

Steam rises from Lake Ontario in front of the skyline during extreme cold weather in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

A bitter cold is gripping parts of central and eastern Canada today, Feb. 13, as temperatures dip to -45 Celsius with the wind chill in some areas, while the Thompson-Okanagan will see above average temperatures.

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.

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.

By contrast, the forecast in the Thompson-Okanagan today calls for a chance of showers and highs around 7 C.


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