Wasaho Cree Nation Weather Outlook: Impending Winter Storm

Wasaho Cree Nation Weather Desk

As Wasaho Cree Nation observes its current weather conditions, a significant weather alert emanates from the west in York, Manitoba, signaling a potential winter storm that could extend its impact to Northern Ontario. With uncertainty surrounding the storm’s trajectory, the community is advised to stay informed and prepared for possible severe weather conditions.

Today’s Weather Overview

Current Conditions

Currently, Wasaho Cree Nation experiences light snow with a temperature hovering around -15.4°C. The pressure stands at 102.5 kPa, and with north-northwest winds at 13 km/h, gusting up to 30 km/h, the wind chill factor plummets to -23, making it feel significantly colder. Visibility remains relatively clear at 16 km, despite the snowy conditions.

Tomorrow’s Forecast

Expected Conditions

The weather forecast for Wasaho Cree Nation in the coming days includes mainly cloudy skies tonight with a 40 percent chance of flurries this evening. Winds are expected to be northwest at 20 km/h, gusting to 40 km/h. The low temperature will reach -19°C, with wind chill values dropping to -31°C overnight, posing a risk of frostbite.

On Monday, 18th March, a mix of sun and cloud is anticipated with west winds of 20 km/h, becoming light in the morning. The high is expected to be -13°C, with morning wind chill values making it feel like -29°C, and -20°C in the afternoon, continuing the risk of frostbite. UV index will be 2 or low.

Monday night sees a partly cloudy sky with a 40 percent chance of snow overnight. Winds will be up to 15 km/h with a low of -17°C and a wind chill near -25.

Tuesday, 19th March, is forecasted to have periods of snow with a high of -15°C, while Wednesday, 20th March, will bring sunny and windy conditions with a high of -16°C and a low of -27°C at night, indicating very cold conditions ahead.

Weather Alert

A winter weather alert is in effect to the west, in Manitoba, with snow and high winds potentially bringing blizzard conditions overnight Monday to Tuesday evening. Up to 10 cm of snow, followed by strong northerly winds gusting up to 70-80 km/h, could produce blizzard conditions and extremely cold wind chills of -45 or colder during stronger winds. Travel is expected to be hazardous, and residents are advised to avoid it if possible.

Wardrobe Recommendations

Given the severe forecast, it’s crucial to dress in heavy winter gear, including insulated coats, mittens, warm hats, and boots. The conditions demand protection against extreme cold, wind, and potential snow exposure.

Safety Measures

Residents should stay sheltered and indoors or remain with their vehicles if travel is necessary. Keeping informed of your schedule, carrying an emergency kit and a mobile phone, and making an emergency plan are vital steps for safety. For comprehensive guidance on emergency preparedness, visit getprepared.gc.ca.

Weather Trivia

Interestingly, the unique weather conditions in the region can lead to the formation of frostbite very quickly under severe wind chill factors, emphasizing the importance of proper winter attire and preparation for extreme cold.

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