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Biting temperatures ring in coldest New Year's Eve in over 50 years

Last Updated Jan 1, 2018 at 9:58 am EDT

The deep freeze made it the coldest New Year’s Eves on record in the past half century.

An extreme cold warning has now been lifted for Waterloo Region and surrounding areas, but Environment Canada says it was still a freezing start to 2018, as temperatures plunged to another record-breaking low.

Overnight, we hit minus 26.4 — that’s without the wind chill — shattering the previous record of minus 21.1 set in 1964.

We’re not out of the woods yet either, as the national weather authority expects this cold spell will produce windchill values below minus 30 again Monday night. A snow squall watch remains in effect for Northern Wellington County, with conditions favourable for lake effect snow squalls off Lake Huron later New Year’s Day.

A blast of icy, arctic air set in across the entire province this weekend, opening the door to these bone-chilling temperatures.