Red Lake Sees Severe Cold: Extreme Cold Warning, Frostbite Risks, and Light Snow

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Red Lake Weather Update – January 15th & 16th

Current Conditions

RED LAKE – WEATHER – An Extreme Cold Warning is currently in effect for Red Lake, with harsh conditions this morning. At 5:50 AM, the temperature stands at -25°C, but the wind chill brings it down to a biting -35°C.

Today’s Forecast The day will see periods of light snow with winds from the west at 20 km/h, gusting to 40 km/h. The high is expected to reach -21°C, but the wind chill will make it feel as cold as -39°C in the morning and -32°C in the afternoon. Residents should be cautious of the high risk of frostbite.

Tonight’s Outlook Continued periods of light snow are expected. Winds will remain consistent, west at 20 km/h, gusting to 40. The overnight low will be around -25°C, with a wind chill making it feel like -32°C in the evening and dropping to -37°C overnight, maintaining the risk of frostbite.

Tuesday, January 16th More periods of light snow are forecasted for Tuesday. Winds will still be from the west at 20 km/h, gusting to 40, but becoming lighter in the late afternoon. The high for the day is anticipated to be -19°C, with a wind chill of -37°C in the morning and improving to -24°C in the afternoon. The risk of frostbite continues to be a concern.

Tuesday Night The night will be marked by cloudy periods with a 30% chance of flurries and a low of -22°C.

Extreme Cold Hazard Notice Wind chill values near -40°C are creating dangerous conditions, especially for vulnerable groups like 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 color change in fingers and toes. Dressing in layers, with a wind-resistant outer layer, is essential.

Wardrobe Suggestions: Residents should opt for heavy-duty winter gear, including thermal base layers, fleece or woolen mid-layers, and windproof outerwear. Accessories like insulated gloves, thick socks, a warm hat, and a scarf or face mask are crucial to prevent frostbite.

Weather Trivia: Red Lake is known for its extreme winter temperatures, often making it one of the coldest places in Ontario. This is partly due to its northern location and the effect of the surrounding boreal forest.

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