Whitesand and Armstrong Face Harsh Winter Blast: Extreme Cold Warning, Frostbite Risks, and Flurries

Extreme Cold Warning

Whitesand and Armstrong Weather Update – January 15th & 16th

Current Conditions

ARMSTRONG – WEATHER – An Extreme Cold Warning is in effect for Whitesand and Armstrong, with temperatures currently at a bitter -24°C and a wind chill making it feel like -38°C. The skies are mainly cloudy with a 40% chance of flurries this morning.

Today’s Forecast Periods of light snow are expected to begin this morning. Winds from the west at 20 km/h, gusting to 40 km/h, will prevail, with a high of -19°C. However, the wind chill will make it feel as cold as -38°C in the morning and -29°C in the afternoon. The risk of frostbite is significant under these conditions.

Tonight’s Outlook Light snow is set to end after midnight, leading to mainly cloudy skies with a 30% chance of flurries. Winds will continue from the west at 20 km/h, gusting to 40. The low will be around -26°C, with wind chill values of -30°C in the evening and dropping to -38°C overnight, maintaining the risk of frostbite.

Tuesday, January 16th The day will see a mix of sun and cloud with a 30% chance of flurries. Winds will be from the west at 20 km/h, becoming light in the early morning. The high is forecasted to be -18°C. Wind chill values will be near -38°C in the morning and -22°C in the afternoon. Frostbite remains a risk. The UV index will be low at 1.

Tuesday Night Expect cloudy periods with a 30% chance of flurries and a low of -23°C. The Extreme Cold Warning is expected to end later this morning.

Extreme Cold Hazard Notice Wind chill values near -40°C are expected, posing significant health risks, especially to vulnerable individuals. The extreme conditions are due to a slight breeze combined with the very cold temperatures.

Wardrobe Suggestions: Residents should wear several layers of clothing, with the outer layer being wind resistant. Protect extremities with insulated gloves, warm socks, and a hat or balaclava. Cover all exposed skin to prevent frostbite.

Weather Trivia: Did you know that Whitesand and Armstrong are among the Canadian regions that can experience ‘ice fog,’ a phenomenon where tiny ice crystals suspended in the air reduce visibility during extremely cold weather?

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