Severe Wind Chill Adds to the Winter Chill
Current Weather: Deep Freeze with Wind Chills Down to -42
RED LAKE, ON – Residents of Red Lake are experiencing a harsh winter morning with temperatures at -25°C and the wind chill making it feel like -36. The extreme cold warning, which continues into Monday, signals the need for heightened awareness and preparedness.
- Sun and Cloud with Flurries: A mix of sun and cloud is expected today, along with a 40 percent chance of flurries.
- Wind and Temperature: The northwest wind is blowing at 20 km/h, gusting to 40 km/h. Despite a high of -21°C, the wind chill will make it feel significantly colder, reaching -41 this morning and -32 in the afternoon.
- Frostbite Warning: There is a severe risk of frostbite within minutes of exposure to the cold.
- Partly Cloudy Skies: The night will be partly cloudy, with a west wind of 20 km/h gusting to 40 km/h.
- Dropping Temperatures: Expect a low of -29°C, with the wind chill plummeting to -33 this evening and -42 overnight.
- Rapid Onset of Frostbite: The risk of frostbite remains extremely high.
- Cloudy with Light Snow: Mainly cloudy conditions are forecast for Monday, with periods of light snow starting late in the morning.
- Wind and Temperature: The west wind will continue at 20 km/h. The high will be around -22°C, but the wind chill will be near -42 in the morning and -33 in the afternoon.
- Continued Frostbite Risk: The danger of frostbite persists, with minimal time required for its onset.
Health and Safety Precautions
- At-Risk Groups: Young children, older adults, those with chronic illnesses, outdoor workers, and people without adequate shelter are at greater risk.
- Symptoms to Monitor: Be aware of symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness, and color change in fingers and toes.
- Dressing Appropriately: It’s crucial to dress warmly in layers, with a wind-resistant outer layer. Ensure all exposed skin is covered.
- Community Care: Check on older family members, friends, and neighbors who might be vulnerable.
- Pet Safety: Pets should not be left outside in these extreme conditions.
Did you know? Red Lake is known for its extreme winter temperatures, but it’s also famous for being the site of the richest gold mine in North America!