01/02/2014 06:53 EST | Updated 03/04/2014 05:59 EST

Deep Freeze Extends From Winnipeg East To Maritimes

Sure, it's January, and it's Canada, but temperatures from Manitoba eastward today will test the will of anyone heading outdoors.

In Winnipeg, with the temperature at –32 C early Thursday morning  (feeling like –41 C), the afternoon high is expected to soar to a bone-chilling –26 C afternoon.

"In Ontario and Quebec today, the big story is the cold, with either a wind chill warning or special weather statement (regarding the extreme cold) blanketing most of both provinces this morning," CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland reports.

Wind chill warnings extend as far south as Kitchener-Waterloo and east through the Durham Region and Kingston in Ontario, and into southern Quebec.

Wind chill values Thursday morning range from the –20s and –30s in southern Ontario to the –40s and even –50 to the north. 

Southern Ontario was dealing with snow falling from the Windsor and Sarnia area through to the Niagara Region and as far north as downtown Toronto, where it was likely to slow commuters returning to work after the New Year's holiday.

–40 C wind chill in N.B.

In southern Quebec, Montreal felt like –38 at Trudeau International Airport on Thursday morning.

In New Brunswick, wind chill values ranged from –30 C to –40 C at 7 a.m. ET, and wind chill warnings extended across the province.

Also Thursday morning, Prince Edward Island was facing wind chill warnings, making it feel like below –30 C in Charlottetown.

In addition to cold temperatures, Nova Scotia was preparing for blizzard conditions as a winter storm gathers force Thursday night (the same system affecting Ontario now).

In St. John's, the forecast held out the hope of clear skies and a high of –15 C, rising to –8 on Friday. Still, it felt like –30 C at St. John's Airport on Thursday morning.

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