Ontario’s Far North Under Extreme Cold Warnings

Winter Weather

THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – Ontario’s Far North is under Extreme Cold Warnings issued by Environment Canada.

For Fort Severn today the weather service is calling for cloudy conditions with a 30 percent chance of flurries this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High minus 25. Wind chill minus 34 in the morning and minus 43 in the afternoon. Risk of frostbite. UV index 1 or low. For tonight the forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies. Winds northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 35. Wind chill minus 43 in the evening and minus 52 overnight. Frostbite in minutes.

Similar conditions are expected through the week.
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Fort Severn
  • Attawapiskat
  • Big Trout Lake – Kasabonika
  • Sachigo Lake – Bearskin Lake
  • Webequie
  • Peawanuck

A multi-day episode of very cold wind chills is expected.

Extreme cold wind chill values near minus 50 beginning tonight, continuing into the weekend.

A bitterly cold Arctic air mass will move into the area beginning this evening. Temperatures will plummet to the mid minus thirties tonight. These temperatures combined with northwest winds near 30 km/h will produce dangerous wind chill values between minus 45 and minus 50.

Wind chill values will moderate somewhat during the day on Wednesday however this cold Arctic airmass will remain in place through the weekend and possibly into next week.

Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.

Watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

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