Sioux Lookout Endures Deep Freeze: Extreme Cold Warning, Frostbite Risks, and Light Snow

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Sioux Lookout Weather Update – January 15th & 16th

Current Conditions

SIOUX LOOKOUT – WEATHER – Sioux Lookout is facing a frigid Monday morning with temperatures at -27°C. The wind chill is even more severe at -38°C, and an Extreme Cold Warning is currently in effect. Those who didn’t plug in their vehicles might face starting issues.

Today’s Forecast Light snow is expected throughout the day. Winds are blowing from the west at 20 km/h, gusting to 40 km/h. The high for today is forecasted to be -22°C, but with wind chill, it will feel like -41°C in the morning and -33°C in the afternoon. The risk of frostbite is extremely high, with potential for frostbite in mere 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 -25°C, with a wind chill nearing -36°C, continuing the risk of frostbite.

Tuesday, January 16th Sioux Lookout will see periods of light snow. Winds will be west at 20 km/h, gusting to 40, becoming light early in the morning, then increasing again in the morning. The day’s high is projected at -19°C, with wind chill values of -36°C in the morning and -29°C in the afternoon. Frostbite remains a significant concern.

Tuesday Night The night will be marked by cloudy periods and a 30% chance of flurries with a low of -23°C. The Extreme Cold Warning is expected to end later Monday morning.

Extreme Cold Hazard Notice With wind chill values near -40°C, Sioux Lookout is experiencing hazardous cold weather conditions. This extreme cold is due to a combination of a slight breeze and very low temperatures.

Safety Measures and Risks This kind of weather poses greater risks to young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, and those working or exercising outdoors without proper shelter. Symptoms to watch for include shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness, and color change in fingers and toes. It’s crucial to dress in layers, with a wind-resistant outer layer, and to cover up all exposed skin to prevent frostbite.

Wardrobe Suggestions: In these extreme conditions, residents should wear heavy insulated clothing, including thermal underwear, a fleece or wool mid-layer, and a windproof, waterproof outer layer. Ensure that hands, feet, and the head are well protected with insulated gloves, warm socks, boots, and a hat or balaclava.

Weather Trivia: Sioux Lookout, known as the “Hub of the North,” often experiences some of the coldest temperatures in Ontario due to its northern location and the surrounding dense boreal forest.

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