WINNIPEG – It has been a snowy and freezing New Year for the city of Winnipeg and Southern Manitoba after experiencing an extreme low temperature for a few weeks now.
The city's weather plummeted to minus 37.9 degrees Celsius on New Year's eve with wind chill making temperatures drop to as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius.
"Grabe ang reaksyon talaga kasi ang aga-aga dumating. Parang November pa lang lumamig na yung ganitong klaseng. Parang biglang lumamig na at hanggang ngayon ay napakalamig so maraming nag-aalboroto," said Lucille Nolasco.
The extremely cold weather has even caused damage to some properties.
"Four o'clock yung ng umaga. Noong lumabas ako binilisan ko kasi syempre tuloy-tuloy yung alarm akala ko may nagbe-break in sa sasakyan. Nung paglabas ko dun sa back door nakita ko umuusok lahat dito. Nakita ko flooded lahat ito parang pool na itong parking lot so mabilis tumigas yung tubig. Walang nakalapit sa mga sasakyan dahil malamig na malamig tapos yung mabilis tumitigas yung tubig so nagiging yelo," said Harry Codamon.
Most of the province is now in a deep freeze, following a winter storm that brought another blast or artic air.
The blizzard delivered several centimeters of snow and high winds that resulted to drifting and poor visibility.
"Way back 1986 sabi ko gusto kong makakita ng snow, yun pala blizzard. Ngayon blizzard din ang nangyari," said Bobby Austria.
If there is anything good about the biting cold, it's the great and positive spirit in most kababayans, who, like many in this city are simply trying to take the weather in stride.
"We're fortunate that a lot of our friends and relatives have been helping us in terms of adjusting to the weather. I think that Winnipeg is still a good a place to settle and grow a family with," said RP Ramos.