Continued Extreme Cold Warning for Attawapiskat and Peawanuck

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Extreme Cold Warning Continued
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Frigid Temperatures and Wind Chills Challenge Northern Communities

The Extreme Cold Warning that was issued on Friday night for Attawapiskat and Peawanuck remains in effect as residents face another day of harsh winter conditions. As of 6:40 AM in Peawanuck, temperatures have plummeted to -29°C under clear skies, with wind chill values making it feel as cold as -40°C.

Current Conditions and Weather Outlook

  • Temperature in Peawanuck: -29°C with clear skies.
  • Barometric Pressure: Steady at 100.8 kPa.
  • Humidity: 75%, with south winds at 13 km/h.

Today, both communities can expect a mix of sun and cloud, with cloud cover increasing this afternoon. There’s a 40 percent chance of flurries by late afternoon, with winds picking up to 20 km/h.

Despite a high of -18°C forecasted, wind chill values will make it feel as cold as -45°C in the morning and -27°C in the afternoon, posing an acute risk of frostbite within minutes.

Evening and Weekend Forecast

Tonight, mainly cloudy skies are anticipated, along with a 40 percent chance of early evening flurries and light snow expected to begin by evening. The low is projected to reach -22°C, with wind chill values near -29°C, continuing the risk of frostbite.

Sunday brings periods of light snow and winds shifting northwest at 30 km/h, with a high of -18°C and wind chill factors dropping to -26°C in the morning and -33°C in the afternoon, further increasing the frostbite hazard. Cloudy periods are expected Sunday night, with a low plummeting to -32°C.

Safety Measures and Precautions

Residents are urged to take the extreme cold seriously, as it poses significant health risks. Warning signs of cold exposure include shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle weakness, numbness, and changes in skin colour.

Community members are asked to check on vulnerable individuals, including the Elders and those with pre-existing health conditions.

Pet owners are reminded that if conditions are too severe for human exposure, they are equally unsafe for animals. Ensuring pets have adequate warmth and shelter is crucial during this cold snap.

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