Severe cold weather covering most of Manitoba on Sunday night led to the stop of one of the province’s newest bus routes.
Maple Bus Lines buses have canceled the route planned for the evening between Thompson and Winnipeg, as Environment Canada predicts a strong wind that can cause a feeling of cold like -53 C in Thompson.
“I just don’t feel comfortable at these temperatures,” said Maple Bus Lines owner Lori Mann, adding that she didn’t want to see anyone who was on cold roads.
“It's pretty deserted, even gas stations and other things in sporadic hours.
“It's hard, but safety first, I would prefer to be safe, because if the bus goes down, it's not worth it.”
A message on the company's Facebook page states that customers who purchased a Sunday race ticket will receive a full refund, and Mann said that the bus line was trying to contact those who booked places to let them know about the changes.
“I feel bad, but you know that if something happens, it will just be wrong,” said Mann.
Maple Bus Lines has paved the route between Thompson and Winnipeg since Greyhound Canada stopped service in the fall.
Route service will resume on January 1, subject to improved weather.
Almost the entire province of Manitoba was under environmental warning in Canada on Sunday.
The warnings extend from the far north of the province to the border with the United States, and only the southeast tip of Manitoba avoids the warning.
Environment Canada says that the cold arctic air mass, which is expected to hang over the province over the next few days, is to blame for the cold temperatures.
Extreme cold from wind is projected to exceed –40 ° C in most of southern Manitoba and –45 ° C in northern Manitoba.
Approaching a warm front should lead Manitoba out of deep freeze on Wednesday, says Environment Canada.