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Extreme cold warning lifted for Calgary, winter woes persist for much of Canada

Last Updated Feb 12, 2019 at 9:35 am MDT

(Sandra Prusina - 660 NEWS)
Summary

The extreme cold warning has been in place since Feb. 9

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – An extreme cold warning that has blanketed Calgary for the past few days has ended.

Environment Canada officially lifted the alert at 7:21 a.m. but don’t get your hopes up just yet. Colder temperatures are expected to stick around for a little while longer.

According to 660 NEWS Meteorologist Andrew Schultz, high temperatures for Calgary will range from minus 11 to minus 17 for the rest of the week with lows dropping below minus 20.

The rest of Canada is also struggling with winter woes; extreme cold and heavy snowfalls are still causing havoc for residents in Vancouver, southern Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.

After two massive snowfalls in as many days, people in Metro Vancouver and the rest of the Lower Mainland are staying home from school and work. All public schools in the area are getting a very welcomed snow day and many college and university campuses have cancelled lectures, labs, and exams.

Public transit was more packed than normal Monday and Tuesday as people tried to avoid driving into work themselves, causing several delays were reported for buses and the SkyTrain system.

READ MORE: Public and post-secondary schools in Lower Mainland closed.

Ottawa and Montreal are both expecting as much as 40 centimetres of snow in some areas of those cities. In Toronto, a winter storm warning remains in effect cautioning of 25 centimetres in some spots with a possibility of freezing rain to follow it up. The weather is making for treacherous conditions on busy highways.

Schools in the GTA have cancelled classes preemptively in anticipation of the worst. Winter storms in the Toronto areas also prompted school closures and made for poor driving conditions on busy highways

READ MORE: Extreme weather centre in Toronto

Parts of central and southwest Alberta remain under extreme cold or snowfall warning.

Credit: Environment Canada – Public Alerts

Our neighbour to the north, Edmonton, is still under an extreme cold warning with windchills ranging from minus 27 to minus 40 through the day.

The warmest it’s been in Edmonton over the last couple of weeks is minus 17 without windchill.