Weather Update: Wasaho Cree Nation
Today’s Weather Overview (January 17)
At 5:25 am, Wasaho Cree Nation is experiencing -32°C with partly cloudy skies and calm winds. The day promises a mix of sun and cloud, accompanied by a 30% chance of flurries. Winds will be gentle, up to 15 km/h. Despite a high of -17°C, the wind chill will make it feel significantly colder, at -33°C in the morning and -21°C in the afternoon. The community is advised to be vigilant about the risk of frostbite.
The evening in Wasaho Cree Nation will be partly cloudy with a continuing 30% chance of flurries. Wind speeds will maintain up to 15 km/h. Temperatures are expected to fall to a low of -30°C, with the wind chill reaching -24°C in the evening and dropping to -40°C overnight. Frostbite can occur within minutes under these conditions, so extreme caution is advised.
Looking Ahead: January 18
January 18 is forecasted to be sunny in Wasaho Cree Nation. Winds will be light at up to 15 km/h. A high of -18°C is anticipated, but the wind chill will be extremely harsh, hitting -41°C in the morning and improving slightly to -25°C in the afternoon. The risk of frostbite remains high, and it could occur in minutes.
The night of January 18 will be clear, with temperatures dropping to a low of -25°C. Residents should continue to take all necessary precautions against the cold.
In such extreme conditions, dressing in multiple layers is crucial. A thermal base layer, a heavy insulated jacket, and windproof outerwear are essential. Additional protection with a hat, scarf, insulated gloves, and thermal boots is strongly recommended to prevent frostbite.
Wasaho Cree Nation, located in the far North of Ontario, experiences some of Canada’s most extreme winter weather. This region’s historical records reflect a pattern of prolonged cold snaps, emphasizing the importance of preparing for severe winter conditions. Such climates make Wasaho Cree Nation a unique example of resilience and adaptation to extreme weather in Northern Ontario.