Wind Chill Poses Frostbite Risk in Sub-Freezing Temperatures
Today’s Forecast: Snow Ending but Cold Conditions Persist
WHITESAND & ARMSTRONG, ON – Residents in Whitesand and Armstrong are experiencing a very cold day with periods of snow ending this morning, leading to mainly cloudy skies. There’s a 40 percent chance of flurries throughout the day. Winds are coming from the northwest at 30 km/h, gusting to 50 km/h. The high for today is expected to be around -20°C, but the wind chill will be a factor, dropping to -37 this morning and -31 in the afternoon. There is a significant risk of frostbite under these conditions.
Evening and Overnight Forecast
Tonight’s weather in Whitesand and Armstrong will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of flurries. The wind will shift to the west, maintaining its strength at 30 km/h and gusting up to 50 km/h. The temperature will plummet to a low of -28°C, with the wind chill making it feel like -32 in the evening and an even colder -41 overnight. The risk of frostbite remains high, and it could occur within minutes.
Monday’s Weather Outlook
Monday, January 15th, brings a mix of sun and cloud with a 30 percent chance of flurries. The wind will be from the west at 20 km/h but is expected to become lighter in the late afternoon. Despite a high of -20°C, the wind chill in the morning will be near -41, improving slightly to -29 in the afternoon. The risk of frostbite in such conditions is imminent, and precautions should be taken. The UV index will remain low at 1.
The night will be cloudy with a 40 percent chance of flurries. Temperatures are expected to drop to a low of -24°C.
In this extreme cold, residents should wear multiple layers, including a wind-resistant outer layer, thermal underwear, insulated boots, gloves, a hat, and a scarf to cover exposed skin and protect against frostbite.
Did you know? The lowest temperature ever recorded in Ontario was a bone-chilling -58°C in Iroquois Falls on January 23, 1935!