Arctic Blast of Cold for Far North in Ontario

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Cold Weather
Cold Weather Alert
Extreme Cold Warnings are in effect for the Far North
Extreme Cold Warnings are in effect for the Far North

THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – Back to the Arctic Blast Freeze zone for the far north of Northwestern Ontario.

Environment Canada has Thunder Bay at -21c with the windchill making it feel colder than -30c today.

However for the far north, in Fort Severn, Peawanuck, Webequie, Sachigo Lake and Attawapiskat, warnings for Extreme Cold have been issued.

Environment Canada reports, “A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected. Extreme wind chill values of minus 50 to minus 45 are occurring this morning as a frigid Arctic air mass remains entrenched over the area. Wind chills will slowly improve late this morning or early this afternoon as the temperature rises.

Extreme wind chills are quite possible over eastern sections again tonight, and extreme cold warnings may be continued as a result especially for areas near James Bay.

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.

Avoid alcohol

– Consuming alcohol before you go out in the cold may increase your risk of hypothermia because it increases blood flow to the extremities of the body. You may actually feel warm even though you are losing heat.

Weather Alerts for Far North

Location

Warning

Watch

Statement

Attawapiskat

 

 

Big Trout Lake – Sachigo Lake

 

 

Fort Hope – Webequie

 

 

Fort Severn

 

 

Peawanuck

 

 

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