Swift Current endures record setting cold over weekend

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All of Saskatchewan placed under wind chill warning - February 27

The bitterly cold Arctic air which gripped Saskatchewan on the weekend was indeed record breaking cold.

Swift Current set a pair of new record lows for the first two days of March according to weather summary information issued by Environment Canada. Swift Current began the month with a new record low for March 1 by officially dropping to -37.3 Celsius, breaking the old mark of -33.9 set over 50 years ago in 1962.

However, the March 1 record does not include wind chill values, with Swift Current feeling more like -50 early Saturday morning when adding the impact of the wind.

It was almost as cold on Sunday when Swift Current set a new record of -35.9 Celsius, breaking the former March 2 mark of -34.4 set in 1972.

Nearby Assiniboia established a new March 2 low temperature of -35.3 Celsius to eclipse the former mark of -32.2 which dated back to 1916.

Environment Canada highlighted a pair of Southwest communities that also came near to setting new record cold days. Leader dropped to -38.3 Celsius on Sunday, but it was not cold enough to break the record of -38.9 set in 1972. Maple Creek was a frigid -31.9 Celsius on March 2, but the old record of -33.3 set in 1962 still stands.

After enduring the extreme cold, winter will now deliver a blanket of snow to the Southwest, with five to 10 centimetres possible in Maple Creek tonight and into Monday morning, while Swift Current could receive two to four centimetres.

Saskatchewan will then enter a gradual moderating trend, with a possibility of snow over the rest of the week and temperatures above freezing by Saturday.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Swift Current

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