Polar vortex still raging across Canada
Misha Gajewski, CTVNews.ca
Published Sunday, December 18, 2016 12:47PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, December 18, 2016 11:11PM EST
Wicked winter weather is still gripping Canada, despite it not officially being winter until Wednesday. High winds, freezing rain, snowfall and extreme cold warnings remain in place for many parts of the country.
On Sunday, Environment Canada issued weather warnings in almost every province across Canada at some point in the day.Extreme cold alerts are in effect in parts of central Quebec and northern Ontario.
It felt like below minus 40 with the wind chill in Manitoba and parts of Quebec. It also felt like minus 35 in parts of Ontario Sunday. Meanwhile, New Brunswick was being warned about freezing rain and "potentially treacherous driving conditions."
RCMP also restricted certain vehicle types from crossing the Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick and P.E.I. due to high winds.
Nova Scotia experienced power outages that affected thousands on Sunday, with heavy rain leading to flooding and washouts in certain parts.
Rainfall amounts of 20 to 35 millimetres were forecasted just for regions along the Bay of Fundy.
Strong winds were expected to develop in Newfoundland Sunday evening and overnight with gusts up to 100 km/h.
There was also a wind warning in effect for the south-west of Alberta with gusts reaching up to 110 km/h.
Meanwhile, Saskatchewan is finally seeing some reprieve after the province’s extreme cold warning ended Sunday.
More snow is expected in the Metro Vancouver area, along with other parts of B.C.
Environment Canada is predicting between 20 and 30 cm of snow, which is expected to turn into rain early Monday morning.
But the end may be in sight. According to Environment Canada, there will be milder temperatures across the country by mid-week.