Ontario Far North Under Extreme Cold Warnings

Cold Weather
Cold Weather Alert

Cold WeatherTHUNDER BAY – WEATHER – The far north in Ontario is under warnings for extreme cold.

The warnings are in effect for Webique, Washaho Cree Nation, Peawanuck, Pickle Lake, Wunnummin Lake, Big Trout Lake, Sachigo Lake and Fort Hope.

Environment Canada reports, “A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected. A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Wind chills may briefly reach minus 45 early this morning in this frigid Arctic air mass. There will be a temporary recovery this afternoon as temperatures rise somewhat. However tonight a return to extreme wind chill values near minus 50 is expected again into Sunday morning.

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.

Protect yourself.
– On sunny days wear sun glasses, lip balm and sunscreen to protect your skin from UV and keep it moisturized to help prevent windburn.
– Wear a face mask and goggles if you are participating in winter activities such as skiing, snowmobiling and skating to protect your face from frostbite and windburn.
– Keep moving (especially your hands and feet) to keep your blood flowing and maintain your body heat.
– Drink enough fluids, but avoid very cold drinks and consume warm meals regularly.