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Extreme cold weather alert continues for Toronto

An extreme cold weather alert, first issued on Monday, is still in effect for Toronto on Wednesday.

There’s a high of -10 C in the forecast, 680News meteorologist Jill Taylor said, but the wind chill will be -20.

There will also be increasing cloudiness with gusty west winds.

Click here for the full forecast.

Taylor said this is the coldest winter Toronto has seen in a very long time.

“This is the winter that just keeps on giving. We really haven’t experienced anything like this since the winter of 1993-1994, if you’re looking at overall stats from Environment Canada,” she said.

“We have just survived the coldest winter in 20 years – no one can take that away from us,” Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips told 680News.

And March is looking to be colder than normal as well, he said.

Outside of Toronto, Environment Canada has issued a snow squall watch for Picton, Sandbanks Park, Parry Sound, Muskoka, Burk’s Falls, Bayfield Inlet and Huron-Perth.

Grey-Bruce, Barrie, Orillia and Midland are under a snow squall warning.

Environment Canada warned that there is “considerable uncertainty” about the weather system and the exact location of any snow squalls. However, the affected ares may see up to 10 centimetres of snow in 12 hours.

Drivers are advised to take extra care when driving due to accumulating snow and poor visibility.

“The snow has stayed around — we haven’t seen bare ground for almost three months,” Phillips said, “And that snow that fell on Remembrance Day is probably still there.”

Environment Canada had issued a wind chill warning for areas north of Toronto due to wind chills near -30, but many of those warnings were dropped just before 11 a.m. The remaining affected areas are Huron-Perth and Grey-Bruce.

Anyone venturing outdoors, especially for an extended period of time, should dress according and with as little exposed skin as possible, Environment Canada warned.

Meantime, despite the wintry weather conditions in Toronto, 35 of the 52 city-run outdoor rinks closed on Sunday as scheduled. Only 17 of them will remain open until March 16. Click here for a list.

Although some residents would like to have all of the rinks open until mid-March, it would cost the city thousands of dollars.