Northern Ontario Communities Brace for Cold Snap and Snow

North Star Air - Logan Baird, First Officer, Pilatus PC12
North Star Air - Logan Baird, First Officer, Pilatus PC12

KI, Kasabonika, Sandy Lake, Bearskin Lake, and Sachigo Lake are facing -21°C under cloudy skies today, with a biting wind chill making it feel like -27°C. The barometer reads a steady 101.9 kPa, and with humidity at 85%, the cold feels even more penetrating. East-northeast winds at 8 km/h are expected to intensify, reaching up to 15 km/h.

Current Conditions: Bitter Cold Across KI, Kasabonika, and Surrounding Areas

The cold grip tightening around these northern communities is a reminder of the harsh winter conditions prevalent in the region.

With the wind chill dropping to a staggering -34°C this morning, residents are warned of the risk of frostbite. The UV index remains low at 1, reflecting the minimal sun exposure expected throughout the day.

Today’s Forecast: A Chilly Mix of Sun and Cloud with Frostbite Risk

As the day progresses, a mix of sun and cloud is anticipated, with temperatures slightly rising to a high of -16°C. However, the wind chill will still pose a significant risk of frostbite, reaching -20°C in the afternoon.

This underscores the importance of dressing warmly and taking precautions against the cold.

Weekly Outlook: Light Snow and Clearing Skies Amidst Freezing Temperatures

Tonight, the forecast predicts mainly cloudy skies with periods of light snow beginning near midnight, expected to accumulate around 2 cm. The wind chill will drop further to -28°C in the evening and -23°C overnight, maintaining a consistent frostbite risk.

Thursday, February 22, will see light snow ending late in the afternoon, then clearing, with local blowing snow due to north winds at 30 km/h gusting to 50. The temperature will fall to -22°C in the afternoon, and the wind chill will reach a harsh -34°C, continuing the frostbite advisory.

The latter part of the week brings some respite, with sunny skies forecasted for Friday, February 23, and a high of -13°C. The night will be clear, but temperatures will dip again to -19°C, suggesting that the cold snap is far from over.

As these communities navigate through the week’s challenging weather conditions, residents are advised to stay prepared for the cold, taking necessary measures to protect against frostbite and ensure safety during snowfall and blowing snow conditions.

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