Deep Freeze Forecast for Northwestern Ontario

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Cold Weather Alert

Extreme Cold WarningsTHUNDER BAY – WEATHER – It is back to the deep freeze for Northwestern Ontario as Extreme Cold Warnings have been issued for Kenora, Vermillion Bay, Dryden, Ignace, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Nipigon, Geraldton and Ear Falls.

Further North, Fort Severn remains in the warning zone too.

Thunder Bay is out of the warning zone. For Thunder Bay, expect a few clouds. Winds up to 15 km/h. Overnight low temperatures will be – 27. For Thunder Bay the Wind chill will make it feel like -33.

Environment Canada warns that a “period of very cold wind chills is expected”.

A bitterly cold arctic air mass combined with winds up to 15 km/h will produce extremely cold wind chill values near minus 40 overnight and Monday morning. Conditions will improve later Monday morning.

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.

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