Mental Health Week- May 6-12

Learn and help the stigma around Mental Health.

Find out more

January 30th, 2019 will go down as a record breaker for some parts of Southern Manitoba as bitterly cold temperatures continued for a second consecutive day. This current stretch of weather is the coldest the province has experienced in 15 years, with many previous record lows for the Pembina and Red Valleys for January 30th set in 2004.

According to data from Environment Canada, the following weather stations recorded unofficial new record lows Wednesday morning:

Brandon -42.9 previous -42.2 (1893)
Pilot Mound -40.0 previous -37.9 (2004)
Carman -40.0 previous -37.3 (2004)

The following Environment Canada weather stations came close to setting new records Wednesday morning:

Sprague -40.4 current is -43.4 (2004)
Winnipeg (Airport) -39.9 current is –41.7 (1899)
Emerson -38.3 current is -40.3 (2004)
Gretna -37.7 current is -38.9 (2004)
Melita -38.4 current is -38.6 (2004)
Morden -35.8 current is -37.0 (2004)

Amanda Prysizney with Environment Canada says a polar vortex is creating these extreme cold conditions. She notes there is a really broad area of low pressure all the way up in the atmosphere. At the surface, it is a ridge of high pressure bringing the clear sky and cold weather from the north.

"It's so broad that these really, really cold temperatures are coming down from the Arctic and they are able to make their way well into the United States," explains Prysizney.

In fact, she says residents living in Northern Florida woke up this morning to +2 degrees.

"The cold air is really dramatic," she says. "Really, really strong circulation associated with that polar vortex."

Environment Canada is forecasting relief by Friday, but, after a weekend of near-normal temperatures, Prysizney says the chill will return next week when overnight lows are again expected to reach -30 degrees.

"Be very, very careful with these temperatures," she warns. "Adjust your plans accordingly to take care and prevent any unnecessary harm due to the cold."

More Local News

Spring Cleaning Includes The Medicine Cabinet

Expired medications can be ineffective or potentially dangerous, which is why it's vital to dispose of them correctly. "Once medication expires it either loses its effectiveness, or some medications…

More Daylight Promotes Health

As spring progresses, we're seeing longer days, which means more daylight. The executive director of CMHA Central Region says that's good news for the mental health of all of us. "Physiologically,…

Losses Minimal For Beekeepers After Harsh Winter

A local beekeeper is in eager anticipation of the telltale signs of spring. Currently, Josh Wiebe of Border Hills Honey Ltd. has been moving his hives out of their overwinter shelters, assessing…

Understanding The Importance Of Immunization

What's Your Understanding About Immunization? National Immunization Awareness Week begins this weekend on April 20th and runs until the 27th. Immunize Canada launched the week back in the 90s to keep…

PVCD Part Of First Announced Funded Projects

Forty-one projects will be receiving funding from the $102 million Conservation Trust, with two being from the Pembina Valley Conservation District. The projects include $4,000 for the conservation…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login