January 5, 2024 – Extreme Cold Warning issued for Wasaho Cree Nation

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Environment Canada there is extreme COLD in the Forecast image: depositphotos.com

WASAHO CREE NATION – WEATHER – Residents of Wasaho Cree Nation must brace themselves for a severe cold wave, with an Extreme Cold Warning issued. Wind chill values are expected to plummet to near minus 45, making for dangerous conditions that could lead to frostbite in minutes.

Risks and Precautions:

  • Vulnerable Populations: The extreme cold poses significant risks, especially to young children, older adults, and those with chronic illnesses.
  • Recognize Symptoms: Be vigilant for symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, and numbness in extremities.
  • Dress Appropriately: Layer your clothing. The outer layer should be wind resistant. Remove layers to avoid overheating.
  • Frostbite Prevention: Cover exposed skin. Frostbite can occur within minutes under these conditions.
  • Pets: If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for pets. Keep them indoors.
  • Stay Active: Keep moving to generate body heat, and seek shelter from the wind when possible.

Weather Forecast

  • Today: Partly cloudy, turning sunny. Steady temperature around minus 28°C, with wind chill near minus 43. West wind at 30 km/h becoming lighter.
  • Tonight: Few clouds with a low of minus 34°C. Wind chill plummeting to near minus 43. Frostbite risk remains high.
  • Saturday: Cloudy morning with light snow in the afternoon. High of minus 22°C and wind chill as low as minus 44°C in the morning.
  • Sunday: Continuation of cloudy skies with a high of minus 22°C and a low of minus 28°C at night.

Safety Tips

  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • If you must go outside, take frequent breaks in warm locations.
  • Keep emergency kits in cars, including blankets and warm clothing.
  • Ensure your home heating systems are working properly.
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