Kenora Weather Outlook: Extreme Cold Snap: Persistent Frostbite Danger, Snow, and Harsh Winds

Extreme Cold Warning

Kenora Weather Update – January 15th & 16th

Current Conditions

KENORA WEATHER – Kenora is currently under an Extreme Cold Warning, with temperatures at a freezing -27°C and a wind chill factor of -37°C. This warning is expected to end soon, but extreme cold conditions persist this morning.

Today’s Forecast The sky over Kenora is mainly cloudy with a 40% chance of flurries this morning. Periods of light snow are expected to begin later in the morning. Winds are blowing from the west at 20 km/h, gusting to 40 km/h. The high will reach -21°C, but with the wind chill, it will feel like -41°C in the morning and -32°C in the afternoon. The risk of frostbite is extremely high, with potential for frostbite within minutes.

Tonight’s Outlook The evening will continue with periods of light snow. Winds will remain similar to the daytime, west at 20 km/h, gusting to 40. The low is expected to be -24°C, with a wind chill near -35°C, continuing the risk of frostbite.

Tuesday, January 16th Tuesday will see more periods of light snow. Winds will be from the west at 20 km/h, becoming light later in the afternoon. The day’s high is projected at -19°C, with a wind chill of -36°C in the morning and -28°C in the afternoon. Residents should be aware of the ongoing risk of frostbite.

Tuesday Night Expect cloudy periods with a 30% chance of flurries and a low of -22°C.

Extreme Cold Hazard Notice With wind chill values near -40°C, Kenora is experiencing hazardous cold weather conditions. These conditions pose greater risks to young children, older adults, and those with chronic illnesses. Symptoms of cold exposure include shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness, and colour change in fingers and toes. Dressing in layers, with a wind-resistant outer layer, is essential.

Wardrobe Suggestions: Residents should dress in heavy insulated clothing, including thermal base layers, a fleece or woolen mid-layer, and a windproof, waterproof outer layer. Accessories like insulated gloves, thick socks, a warm hat, and a scarf or face mask are crucial to prevent frostbite.

Weather Trivia: Kenora, located on the northern shore of the Lake of the Woods, experiences a wide range of weather conditions, often influenced by its unique geographical location near large bodies of water.

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