WEATHER – Manitoba Under Extreme Cold Warnings

Cold Weather
Cold Weather Alert

WINNIPEG – WEATHER – Southern Manitoba, including the City of Winnipeg are under an Extreme Cold Warning. This comes following several storms in the past week that have had the southern part of the province buried under snow.

The cold weather is expected to move eastward into Northwestern Ontario.

Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • City of Winnipeg

Extreme wind chill for parts of southern Manitoba this morning.

An arctic ridge of high pressure is building into the area. Wind chills below minus 40 are being observed in several locations. Exposed skin freezes in about 10 minutes at these temperatures. While there will be some moderation of temperatures this afternoon, extreme wind chills are likely to redevelop tonight if the skies clear sufficiently.

At 4 am this morning some wind chills being reported were:

Winnipeg International Airport -42
Brandon – 42
Emerson – 40
Deerwood -40

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.

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