Light snow left a dusting over the city this morning, but another thing falling is the temperature.
Environment Canada says that things will actually get colder through the day today, as the morning's -19ºC will drop during the day to -24ºC by this afternoon, as skies clear. At times, 30 km/h winds could push the wind chill to -34, but they are expected to lighten this afternoon.
Clear skies tonight will see frigid temperatures as low as -35ºC — cold enough that even the slightest breath of wind will shoot the wind chill to an extreme value of -46.
March will come in like a lion tomorrow — but not a roaring beast; instead a sly, cagey old lion, one that bides its time and slowly stalks its victims with icy deliberation. Yes, tomorrow will be sunny but it will be very cold, with a peak afternoon temperature of just -26ºC, and a 30 km/h wind that could push the wind chill to -48.
Things improve, albeit slowly, after tomorrow, with sun in the forecast throughout. Sunday should see a high of -21ºC, followed by -18ºC on Monday and Tuesday.
At this point, Wednesday could see a high of -14ºC and a near-normal high of -8ºC for Thursday.
The normal high for this time of year is -5ºC; the normal low is -15ºC.
The warmest it's ever been on this date was in 1988, when it was 7.2ºC. And lest you think it's cold today, it's not a record — the lowest temperature ever recorded on a Feb. 28 was in 1962, when it dropped to -41.7ºC.