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Down, down, down goes the mercury

Donna Cymbalist walks one of the dogs awaiting a home at the Brandon Humane Society earlier this month. Cymbalist, a volunteer who drives from Gladstone to lend a hand, was giving some fresh air and exercise to the plucky pooch, one of approximately 30 dogs looking for adoptive homes at the facility. It'll be another cold couple of days for dog-walkers, with frigidity in the forecast.

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Donna Cymbalist walks one of the dogs awaiting a home at the Brandon Humane Society earlier this month. Cymbalist, a volunteer who drives from Gladstone to lend a hand, was giving some fresh air and exercise to the plucky pooch, one of approximately 30 dogs looking for adoptive homes at the facility. It'll be another cold couple of days for dog-walkers, with frigidity in the forecast. (COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)

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.

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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.

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