Extreme Cold Warning Issued for Northern Communities
Hazardous Wind Chill Values Hit Minus 40 to Minus 45
The Cold Snap: A Morning Affair
Residents of Wasaho Cree Nation, Peawanuck, and Attawapiskat are currently experiencing a period of intense cold, with wind chill values plummeting to between minus 40 and minus 45 degrees. This extreme weather condition is expected to persist throughout the morning.
Current Conditions and Forecast
In Peawanuck, as of the early hours of this morning, the temperature was observed at a chilling -28.7°C with a wind chill of -40. Winds from the southwest were measured at 15 km/h under cloudy skies. The pressure was steady at 103.3 kPa. The forecast for today in Peawanuck includes mainly sunny skies, with winds becoming south at 20 km/h in the afternoon. The high is expected to be -19°C, but with a wind chill of -43 this morning and -30 in the afternoon, there is a risk of frostbite within minutes.
Tonight, the region is predicted to see cloudy conditions with periods of snow beginning after midnight, accumulating 2 to 4 cm. The wind will continue from the south at 20 km/h, with temperatures rising to -9 by morning. However, the wind chill will remain a concern, dropping to -30 this evening and -17 overnight.
Looking ahead to Wednesday, January 24th, Peawanuck should expect periods of light snow ending in the afternoon followed by cloudy skies. The snow accumulation is estimated at around 2 cm. Winds will shift to the southwest at 20 km/h, becoming light in the early morning. The temperature is forecasted to fall to -13 in the afternoon, with a wind chill of -14 in the morning and -24 in the afternoon. The night will bring clear skies with a low of -26°C.
Given these extreme cold conditions, it’s crucial for everyone, especially vulnerable populations like young children, older adults, and those with chronic illnesses, to dress warmly. Layering is key – start with a moisture-wicking base layer, add an insulating middle layer, and finish with a windproof and waterproof outer layer. Don’t forget a hat, gloves, and a scarf to protect exposed skin, as frostbite can occur within minutes.
Did you know that the lowest recorded temperature in Canada was -63.0°C, observed in Snag, Yukon, on February 3, 1947? While the temperatures in Wasaho Cree Nation, Peawanuck, and Attawapiskat may not reach these record-breaking lows, it’s a reminder of the incredible range of temperatures our country experiences.