January 24, 2024 – Wasaho Cree Nation Extreme Cold Warning Issued

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Extreme Cold Warning for Washaho Cree Nation and Peawanuck First Nation

January 22, 2024 – Wasaho Cree Nation, Ontario

Current Extreme Cold Warning

Wasaho Cree Nation is under an extreme cold warning as of 5:50 AM EST, January 22, 2024. Residents are advised to exercise caution as the combination of low temperatures and strong winds pose significant risks, especially for frostbite and hypothermia.

Weather Forecast for Today, January 22, 2024

Daytime: The day will be mainly sunny but extremely cold. Winds from the northwest at 30 km/h, gusting to 50 km/h, will make the high of -25°C feel more like -44°C in the morning and -38°C in the afternoon. Frostbite can occur within minutes under these conditions.

Night: The clear night sky will not bring much relief from the cold. The wind will shift to the west at 20 km/h, gusting to 40 km/h. The low temperature will be around -30°C, with a wind chill near -43°C. The risk of frostbite remains high.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Daytime: Increasing cloudiness is expected early in the morning. Winds from the south at 30 km/h will bring a high of -18°C, but the wind chill will be -43°C in the morning and -32°C in the afternoon. Frostbite continues to be a threat within minutes of exposure.

Night: The night will see periods of snow with a low of -16°C.

Hazard and Risks

The current hazard involves wind chill values near -45°C. This extreme cold puts everyone at risk, especially young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, those working or exercising outdoors, and individuals 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.

Historical Weather Context

The warmest January 22nd in Wasaho Cree Nation was -11.8°C in 2010, while the coldest was a severe -39.9°C in 2011.

Wardrobe Recommendations

In such extreme conditions, it is vital to cover up completely. Wear multiple layers of clothing, including thermal wear, a heavy insulated coat, gloves, a hat, and a face mask or scarf to cover all exposed skin. Frostbite can develop very quickly.

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