Record Breaking Cold Continues

It's officially the coldest 'February 5th' on record in Vegreville, that according to Environment Canada …

The 'polar vortex' continues to grip the region. 

We're now into day three of Environment Canada's 'Extreme Cold Warning' once again prompting regional school divisions to cancel buses for a second consecutive day. 

Buses will not be running in both Elk Island Public and Elk Island Catholic School Divisions along with Battle River School Division and rural buses within St. Paul Education Regional Division.

All school divisions have indicated that schools will remain open despite the bus cancellations. 

Meantime, the Alberta Motor Association is reminding drivers to plug their vehicles in. 

A-M-A's website is indicating they're experiencing higher than normal wait times for roadside assistance, with wait times for a battery boost in some communities surrounding Edmonton reaching over 13 hours. 

According to a recent survey conducted by A-M-A, nearly a third of the 23-hundred Albertans who responded never plug their vehicles in while five percent indicated they will, but only at minus 30. 

A-M-A recommends vehicles get plugged in at minus 15. 

Around 8:00am on Tuesday, Environment Canada's recorded temperature for Vegreville was -44.6, smashing a mark set back in 1982 of -38 for the coldest February 5th on record.

For those hoping for some reprieve anytime soon, there's more bad news as Environment Canada says its expects the cold arctic air to persist throughout the rest of the week. 


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