Cold and Snow Sweep Across Northern Communities: Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Sachigo Lake, Sandy Lake, Kasabonika Lake and Bearskin Lake

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

At 5:30 AM CST, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Airport reported light snow and a temperature of -13°C, with the barometer holding steady at 100.1 kPa. High humidity at 92% and SSE winds at 11 km/h are contributing to a wind chill of -19°C, intensifying the cold feel.

Early Morning Update

The communities of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Sachigo Lake, Bearskin Lake, Kasabonika Lake, and Sandy Lake are waking up to a blanket of light snow, heralding a day of varied weather conditions. The immediate forecast predicts periods of snow and local blowing snow, concluding by the afternoon, followed by mainly cloudy skies.

Today’s Weather Shift

Winds are expected to shift to the north at 40 km/h, gusting up to 60 km/h, causing the temperature to drop to -18°C this afternoon. The wind chill will make it feel as cold as -22°C in the morning and plummet to -33°C by the afternoon. Such conditions pose a significant risk of frostbite for exposed skin.

Frostbite Alerts Issued

Tonight’s forecast warns of partly cloudy skies with northwest winds at 30 km/h, gusting to 50, and a low of -28°C. The wind chill could reach a staggering -41°C overnight, indicating that frostbite could occur in minutes if precautions are not taken.

Sunny to Cloudy

The extended forecast into the weekend shows a shift towards mainly sunny skies on Friday, with a high of -13°C and wind chills making it feel as cold as -41°C in the morning. The night will be clear, with a low of -19°C. Saturday brings cloudier skies and a 40% chance of flurries, with a slight warming to a high of -3°C.

However, the night again sees a 60% chance of flurries and a drop to -18°C. Sunday offers some respite with clearing skies and a high of -13°C, followed by a clear night and a low of -21°C.

The significant shifts from snow to clear skies, alongside the severe cold and wind chills, underscore the importance of staying informed and prepared. These conditions not only impact daily life but also pose serious health risks, such as frostbite. The forecast serves as a reminder of the dynamic and often extreme weather patterns characteristic of the Canadian north, highlighting the need for caution and preparation during the winter months.

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