Hello everyone, we hope you are all doing well and staying warm. Tonight temperatures are expected to dip down between -30 and -40 degrees celsius. It is advised to keep your heat on during this cold snap. There is also a possibility of snowfall as well from what we have seen on the radar. We will also be seeing high winds throughout parts of Ontario causing whiteout conditions and snow drifts.
Below you will find Environment Canada's special weather statement. It is set to be in place until Saturday as both tonight and Friday are going to be cold nights, a lot colder than usual.
Issued at 11:14 AM EST Thursday 02 February 2023
"Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:
Belleville - Quinte West - Eastern Northumberland County
Cobourg - Colborne - Western Northumberland County
Barrie - Orillia - Midland
Brockville - Leeds and Grenville
Burk's Falls - Bayfield Inlet
City of Ottawa
City of Toronto
Cornwall - Morrisburg
Dufferin - Innisfil
Grey - Bruce
Halton - Peel
Huron - Perth
Kingston - Prince Edward
Parry Sound - Muskoka
Peterborough - Kawartha Lakes
Prescott and Russell
Renfrew - Pembroke - Barry's Bay
Smiths Falls - Lanark - Sharbot Lake
Stirling - Tweed - South Frontenac
Waterloo - Wellington
York - Durham
Blast of cold Arctic air reaches southern Ontario later tonight. Hazard: Wind chill values of minus 35 to minus 40. Timing: Tonight into Friday morning and again Friday night into Saturday morning. Discussion: In the wake of a strong cold front, wind chills are expected to reach minus 35 to minus 40 tonight into Friday morning. After moderating during the day Friday, wind chills are again forecast to reach minus 35 to minus 40 Friday night into Saturday morning.
Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant. Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill. If it's too cold for you to stay outside, it's too cold for your pet to stay outside. Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill create an elevated risk to health such as frostbite and hypothermia. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm."
As brought up in the report above, frostbite can form within minutes in extreme temperatures like this. Young children and the elderly may also experience times of heavy breathing, where it may be harder than usual to catch your breath. It is advised to layer up and wear as many clothes as you feel comfortable with to help combat the cold, these items should also be easily removable in case of overheating. Gloves and heavy socks are also advised as fingertips and toes are extremely susceptible to the cold.
Until next time, stay safe and warm folks.
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