Extreme Cold Warnings for Ontario Far North

Weather Alert

Weather AlertTHUNDER BAY – WEATHER – UPDATED December 6 2014 – The far north of Ontario is being plunged into the deep freeze. For Fort Severn, the forecast is calling for a few clouds tonight. Winds will be northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low minus 34. Wind chill minus 46.

The weather advisory has been continued by Environment Canada for the Saturday.

ainly sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 29. Wind chill minus 46 in the morning.

Travel Advisory – 04 DEC 2014 – Wasaya Airways would like to advise all  passengers travelling with the airline today of possible delays, misconnects, and cancellations due to poor weather forecasted for Northwestern Ontario.

Environment Canada has issued extreme cold warnings for the James Bay and Hudson’s Bay coast.

Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Peawanuck
  • Fort Severn (Washaho Cree Nation)

An Arctic airmass has settled over the province. Moderate winds are forecast to produce extreme wind chill conditions overnight and Thursday morning with values dipping to minus 45.

While anyone who isn’t dressed warmly is at risk in cold weather conditions, some are at greater risk than others for frost bite and hypothermia:
– homeless people
– outdoor workers
– people living in homes that are poorly insulated (with no heat or no power)
– people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral neuropathy and diseases affecting the blood vessels, people taking certain medications including beta-blockers
– winter sport enthusiasts
– people who consume excess alcohol
– infants and
– seniors.

Wear appropriate clothing.
– Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Synthetic and wool fabrics provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry and further reduce your risk.
– Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can remove layers if you get too warm (before you start sweating) or add a layer if you get cold.
– Wear warm socks, gloves, a hat and scarf in cold weather. Be sure to cover your nose to protect it.
– If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you’re wet.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.