Extreme Cold Continues Arctic Blast Hits Northern Ontario: Extreme Cold Warnings in Effect

Extreme Cold Warning

Bearskin Lake – NetNewsLedger Weather Desk – Communities across the far north of Ontario, including Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Bearskin Lake, Sachigo Lake, Sandy Lake, and Kasabonika Lake, are currently facing an arctic onslaught as temperatures plummet to -31°C under clear skies.

The relentless grip of Arctic cold is intensified by a humidity level of 73% and west-northwest winds at 15 km/h, pushing the wind chill to a staggering -43°C.

Today’s Forecast: Brief Respite Before More Snow

Sunshine dominates today’s weather, offering a glimmer of hope amidst the frigid conditions. However, winds from the west at 30 km/h, becoming lighter by late afternoon, will still result in extreme wind chills of -47°C in the morning and -26°C in the afternoon.

The risk of frostbite remains critically high, with exposed skin vulnerable within minutes. The UV index is low at 1, indicating minimal sunlight intensity.

Tonight: Flurries and Frostbite Risks

The evening starts clear, transitioning to partly cloudy skies with a 60 percent chance of flurries overnight. Eastward winds at 20 km/h are expected before morning, with temperatures dropping to -26°C.

Wind chills will hover around -29°C in the evening and dip to -37°C overnight, maintaining a persistent risk of frostbite.

Extended Forecast: A Fluctuating Temperature Pattern

Friday brings cloudy skies and a 60 percent chance of morning flurries, with southeast winds at 20 km/h becoming light in the early afternoon. Despite a slight temperature rise to -6°C, the wind chill will make it feel like -33°C in the morning and -10°C in the afternoon, with continued frostbite risks. The UV index remains low at 1.

The weekend offers a mix of sun and cloud, with a 30 percent chance of flurries on Saturday and a high of -16°C.

The night will be clear, with temperatures falling to -29°C.

Sunday promises sunny skies with a high of -12°C, followed by a night of cloudy skies and a 30 percent chance of flurries, with lows around -16°C.

Extreme Cold Warning: A Call for Vigilance

Issued at 5:06 AM EST on Thursday, 29 February 2024, the warning anticipates a multi-day episode of very cold wind chills nearing -45°C.

This morning, the extreme cold conditions may relent slightly during the day but are expected to return tonight into Friday morning, especially closer to Hudson Bay.

Safety Measures and Recommendations

  • At-Risk Populations: Extra care is advised for vulnerable groups, including young children, the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, outdoor workers, and individuals without adequate housing.
  • Health Precautions: Be vigilant for signs of frostbite and hypothermia, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, and numbness. Immediate action and covering up are crucial.
  • Pet Care: Ensure pets are kept indoors during extreme cold spells as they are equally at risk.
  • Workplace Safety: Outdoor workers should take frequent breaks to warm up and prevent cold-related health complications.

Weather Trivia:

The far north of Ontario is known for its extreme winter conditions, often experiencing temperatures and wind chills that rank among the coldest in Canada. These conditions highlight the resilience of its communities and the importance of preparedness during the winter months.

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