Old Man Winter blows into Saskatchewan

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Local weather is back in the news, but this time it is the extreme cold, rather than the balmy highs that we are reporting.

In the January 9 issue of the Triangle News we reported the record breaking highs; while the November 28 issue front page photo showed Bryanna Totton jumping in a mud puddle. This week’s paper shows a slightly different story.

After day time highs reaching into the double digits on January 4, Old Man Winter blew in taking wind chills into the -40° range for Saskatchewan residents. Although Coronach was far from being the coldest in the province, residents were sent scrambling for toques, scarves and mittens that had worked their way to the bottom of the drawers.

For some residents, they found themselves plugging their vehicles in for the first time of the year!

January 19 saw the mercury dip to -30° overnight, with a daytime high of only -23 and a windchill -33°. On the 18th, the high was only -25.5° and windchills in the -40° range.

Busses to the Coronach, Rockglen, Bengough, Assinboia and other division schools were cancelled on January 18 and 19, due to extreme cold temperatures and wind chills.

Along with the frigid temperatures, the area also received some snowfall. According to the Environment Canada website, from January 12 to 18, a total of 3.9 cms fell in Coronach.

The more seasonal temperatures weren’t expected to last long, with a forecasted high of-18° on Friday and -1° on Saturday.

Organizations: Triangle News, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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