Steam rises from downtown buildings and the Bow River in Calgary, on Monday Feb. 11, 2019.
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And you thought February was bad. March is starting out much worse, with Environment Canada issuing extreme cold warnings throughout the province Friday and Saturday.Calgary woke up to -32C this morning, nearly hitting the record low of -33.9C set way back in 1888.For people venturing out to walk their dogs this morning in the slight northerly breeze, the temperature would have felt like -40C. Although the wind chill will moderate by this afternoon with a high of -20C, clear skies will once again push temperatures down to -29C in Calgary tonight.The extreme cold prompted Environment Canada to issue a province-wide warning on Friday, the first such alert in recent memory.“Frostbite in minutes,” reads the terse statement by Environment Canada. The agency’s website features a map of Alberta, solid red with warnings from Wood Buffalo National Park in the north to Waterton Lakes National Park in the south.At Canada Olympic Park, WinSport has closed its tube park and cancelled all morning ski and snowboard lessons for Saturday. (Check WinSport online for additional closures and updates.)This latest temperature free-fall comes only days after The Weather Network issued a long-term forecast promising a sudden flip to spring weather in late March across Canada.“The crack in the armour of winter is showing and it’s really going to break down almost all at once through to the middle to the latter half of March,” said the network’s chief meteorologist Chris Scott earlier this week.By Monday, the cold snap should just be a painful memory, with a forecast high of -8C. The Weather Network is predicting a steady improvement after that, with a high of 5C in two weeks.