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Back to the deep freeze today

Yesterday's relatively mild weather and snow will go down as an aberration, with Brandon plunged right back into way below normal temperatures today.

Environment Canada says that the afternoon reached -10.4ºC yesterday — the first time it's been above normal in nearly a week, but not quite the -7ºC that was forecast. Along with the mild air came snow, and lots of it. At the weather station, 11.8 cm of fluffy flakes fell, nearing a record for a Jan. 3 of 13.5 cm that was set in 1962.

Today, it is a very different story.

Although sunny, today will reach a high of just -22ºC, and northwest winds at 30 km/h will push the wind chill at times to -37. Environment Canada has issued a wind chill warning for much of the area, and says that exposed skin could freeze in about 10 minutes.

Tonight: cold; tomorrow: even colder. The low tonight is expected to drop to -33ºC, and the Sunday high will be just -28ºC. A few clouds are expected tomorrow, starting near noon, and tomorrow night will be just as cold as tonight.

Into next week, there is the possibility for some relief later on. But not before Monday's high of -26ºC followed by -21ºC or so on Tuesday and Wednesday. All three days will be sunny, at least, as will Thursday, when warmer air may finally return.

The high for Thursday should be -8ºC, followed by a ix of sun and cloud on Friday and a predicted high of -5ºC.

The normal high for this time of year is -12ºC; the normal low is -22ºC.

The coldest it's ever been on this date was in 1968, when temperatures dropped to -39.4ºC. The warmest ever was in 1987, when it reached 2ºC.

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