It was a record-setting start to 2018 with some new cold weather records set overnight in southern Saskatchewan.
Brad Vrojlik with Environment Canada says the temperature dropped to -40.8 C in Maple Creek, surpassing the old record of -38.7 set in 1993. And the cold spot in the province was actually Val Marie, which recorded a low of -44.2 C.
Vrojlik describes the recent weather as a potent blast of cold air to round out 2017 and says it was notable in how far it extended; for several days there were extreme cold warnings from northern B.C. to the Atlantic ocean.
He notes that the arctic high which has been bringing the bitterly cold weather has now moved off down into the United States. A very gradual warming trend is expected to occur during the remainder of the week which Vrojlik describes as a transition, "To a fairly benign stretch of average winter weather". (Christina Cherneskey CKRM)