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Clearing and colder today, zero visibility on some highways

Workers clear snow from driveways in a condo development on Camryn Lane in Brandon’s south end during flurries on Wednesday morning.

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Workers clear snow from driveways in a condo development on Camryn Lane in Brandon’s south end during flurries on Wednesday morning.

After soaring to a record high of 5.5ºC yesterday afternoon, temperatures plunged overnight and today will be a different story.

Thermometres should touch a low of -20ºC this morning, as light snow and winds continue to gust as high as 50 km/h, taking the wind chill to -33.

The wind, combined with light snow overnight, has closed several highways, including the Trans-Canada between Brandon and Winnipeg, a few portions of Highway 16 around Russell, and a stretch of Highway 5 past Riding Mountain National Park. Zero visibility is being reported at times. Highway 16 was re-opened around 8 a.m., followed by Highway 5 at about 9:30 a.m. The Trans-Canada remains closed.

Meanwhile, Environment Canada finally ended the wind warning for Westman just past 4 a.m., after recording gusts as high as 80 km/h. Things should calm down finally by noon today, after which visibilities are expected to improve.

That's also when skies are expected to clear, bringing sunshine this afternoon, although the high will be a comparatively chilly -14ºC.

Clear skies tonight will become partly cloudy near mignight, with an overnight low expected to be -20ºC.

Increasing cloudiness is expected tomorrow morning, with periods of light snow bringing another 2 cm or so. Winds are expected from the northwest at about 30 km/h, but the temperature should be a mild -4ºC.

The weekend looks pleasant, with sun on Saturday and a high of -3ºC, followed by clouds and wind on Sunday, but a high again of -3ºC.

Into next week, a brief cold spell is predicted for Monday, with sun and a high of -15ºC, followed by a mix of sun and cloud on Tuesday and a high of -11ºC. At this point, the Wednesday forecast calls for sun and a high of -10ºC.

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

The warmest it's ever been on this date is 4.4ºC, which was recorded in 1942. The coldest ever was in 1978, when it was -39.3ºC.

 

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