2019 Curbside Pickup Schedule

The schedule will be in your mailbox and available at Civic Centre.

Click Here For More

It was a bitterly cold end to the 2018, and the teeth chattering temperatures will continue for the first day of the 2019. Daytime highs in the -23 to -25 range over the past couple days, coupled with gust winds, have meant windchill values in the -40s.

Throwing an extra layer or two of winter clothing on, and ensuring the block heater cord is working, aren't the only things people have been doing. They'vesundog altona carly klassen dec312018Submitted by Carly Klassen. Taken in Altona December 31st. also been capturing some amazing pictures of sundogs in the sky over the Pembina Valley.

"The bitterly cold temperatures have definitely lent themselves to some stunning moments, that's for sure," noted CMOS Accredited Weathercaster Chris Sumner when asked about the meteorological phenomenon. "In shorstrokes, sundogs are caused when ice crystals high in the atmosphere refract sunlight, causing those bright spots to either side of the sun. The official term for the sight is parhelion."

Sumner added New Year's Day will more than likely be the last opportunity to catch a sundog on your camera, because a significant warm up is on the way later this week, which means conditions will no longer be prime for their appearance.

"A warm front moving in from the west will bring a significantly warmer air-mass to the region starting Wednesday," explained Sumner. "Tomorrow will be the transitional day, with daytime highs in the minus single digits around -4 to -6. The big-time warm up will be Thursday and Friday when temperatures will soar past freezing, potentially in the +3 to +5 range, which is 15 to 17 degrees above average for this time year. Our normal daytime high for the first week of January is around -12."

The warm weather will continue through Saturday, with a move back to seasonal temperatures for the start of next week, and the return of thousands of students back to school.


sundog gretna eva heide dec282018A sundog near Gretna December 28th. Submitted by Eva Heide.

More Local News

CFDC First Rural Museum To Receive Benefits Of Provincial Fund

The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden is seeing the first returns of the Manitoba Heritage Trust Program. Administered by The Winnipeg Foundation, the Manitoba Heritage Trust Program offers…

Deep Freeze, All Weekend Long

If you were planning on spending any time outside this weekend, you may want to postpone your plans. Environment Canada's Robyn Dyck tells us a ridge of high pressure from the north has brought an…

Impaired Driving Remains Main Factor in Road Deaths

Manitoba Public Insurance is reporting that 42 per cent of those killed on Manitoba roadways in 2018 were the result of impaired driving. Spokesman Brian Smiley says this is unacceptable behaviour.…

A Total Lunar Eclipse Will Be Visible Across Canada On Sunday

Although kids will have school the next day, it might be worth staying up with the family on Sunday, January 20, as a total lunar eclipse will be visible across Canada. The exciting celestial event…

A Couple's Faith Sustained Them Through Years Of Imprisonment

During Kevin and Julia Garratt's incarceration, it was their faith that gave them hope when things felt hopeless. "If we didn't have that, I don't know how we would survive. It was moment by moment,…

Altona Restarts Green House Gas Study

The Town of Altona is re-starting the process of reducing its carbon footprint. A company called Eco-West was hired by the town last year to conduct a study of the town's overall operations as part…

Morden's Lake Skating Trail Open

Adding a little more fun this winter, the skating path on Lake Minnewasta is open once again. Last year, Morden resident Dave Penner used his truck to clear the snow off the lake to form a 3.5 km…

Various Summer Camps Begin Registration

While many residents of Southern Manitoba are focused on making it through one of the coldest weeks of winter, local bible camp directors are thinking about summer. Chris Marchand is the Executive…

Winkler Arts And Culture Centre Growing Rapidly

The Winkler Arts and Culture Centre continues to grow as a community gathering place for artistic expression. "In lots of ways we've outgrown the space," Board Chair Karina Cardona says. The Centre…

RCMP Investigating Thefts Of Dozens Of Long Guns And Handguns

Police say a dozen handguns were stolen earlier this week from a residence in Oakbank. File photo On Monday morning at approximately three o'clock, Oakbank RCMP responded to a call of a break and…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide