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Prairies to feel less frigid


The sun rises on a -40&degC day in Cold Lake, Alberta
The sun rises on a -40°C day in Cold Lake, Alberta

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

February 21, 2011 — Alberta is experiencing some relief from extreme cold temperatures; Saskatchewan and Manitoba are next.

People in the Prairies should soon experience some relief from extreme cold temperatures and bone-numbing windchills.

In Alberta Sunday it was slightly warmer than it has been for the past few of days. Calgary hit a high of -9C during the afternoon hours, which was good news for players and spectators at the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic played outdoors at the McMahon Stadium. Temperatures are set to warm up to 0°C in the city on Monday.

It was slightly colder in Edmonton, with highs in the low minus teens. Still, it's a nice change from Saturday's record-breaking cold. It was -36.8C, breaking the 1986 record of -34.6C.

Records were also broken in Lacombe, Claresholm, Sundre and Jasper.

Many communities in Saskatchewan had record-breaking cold Saturday
Many communities in Saskatchewan had record-breaking cold Saturday

A ridge of Arctic high pressure has been lodged in place over the Prairies since Thursday's deadly snowstorm, and Saskatchewan and Manitoba will continue to feel its frigid effects through the start of the work week, according to Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

It's going to be warmer for all the Prairies Monday, including Saskatchewan and Manitoba -- but it's still going to be cold, she says.

Numerous communities in Saskatchewan had record-breaking cold temperatures Saturday, including Elbow, Leader, Weyburn, and Cypress Hills Provincial Park.

Police believe the freezing temperatures killed a 51-year old woman over the weekend. The woman was found in Prince Albert and exposure to the cold appears to have been a factor.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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