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Extreme cold warning issued with bitter temperatures ahead

Extreme cold warning issued with bitter temperatures ahead
With wind chills forecast to take Pincher Creek temperatures as low as -40 to -50C, Environment Canada advises limiting time outdoors.
With wind chills forecast to take Pincher Creek temperatures as low as -40 to -50C, Environment Canada advises limiting time outdoors.
IMAGE: Dave Lueneberg
With wind chills forecast to take temperatures near -40 to -50 C in the coming days, Environment Canada is warning people to limit their time outdoors, particularly young children and those with chronic illnesses. At such dangerous temperatures, exposed skin can freeze in minutes.
IMAGE: Dave Lueneberg
With wind chills forecast to take temperatures near -40 to -50 C in the coming days, Environment Canada is warning people to limit their time outdoors, particularly young children and those with chronic illnesses. At such dangerous temperatures, exposed skin can freeze in minutes.

Extreme cold warning issued with bitter temperatures ahead

By Dave Lueneberg
By Dave Lueneberg
Community Reporter
Shootin’ the Breeze Community Reporter
January 10, 2024
January 10, 2024

If there was any doubt it would be frigid the next few days, an extreme cold warning issued Wednesday afternoon by Environment Canada should make us stand up and take notice.

According to the alert, the thermometer will drop to below -30 C beginning overnight Wednesday, but feel 10 degrees colder with the prevailing winds.  

“Air temperatures will continue to fall through the end of the week with the coldest values expected by Saturday morning,” said the statement, issued at 3:15 p.m.

“Over the weekend, morning temperatures will reach -40 degrees Celsius in many areas. Wind chills will approach -50.”

The biggest concern, according to the weather agency, is frostbite. At those temperatures, exposed skin can freeze in mere minutes.

“Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter,” the warning says.

Environment Canada is also appealing to pet owners

during the extreme cold snap, saying, “If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.”

The extreme cold warning is in effect for all of Alberta.

A slight improvement in the temperature is expected for the southwest early next week, with the mercury forecast to reach into the minus teens.

 

Aerial view of the Cowley Lions Campground on the Castle River in southwestern Alberta

 

 

If there was any doubt it would be frigid the next few days, an extreme cold warning issued Wednesday afternoon by Environment Canada should make us stand up and take notice.

According to the alert, the thermometer will drop to below -30 C beginning overnight Wednesday, but feel 10 degrees colder with the prevailing winds.  

“Air temperatures will continue to fall through the end of the week with the coldest values expected by Saturday morning,” said the statement, issued at 3:15 p.m.

“Over the weekend, morning temperatures will reach -40 degrees Celsius in many areas. Wind chills will approach -50.”

The biggest concern, according to the weather agency, is frostbite. At those temperatures, exposed skin can freeze in mere minutes.

“Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter,” the warning says.

Environment Canada is also appealing to pet owners

during the extreme cold snap, saying, “If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.”

The extreme cold warning is in effect for all of Alberta.

A slight improvement in the temperature is expected for the southwest early next week, with the mercury forecast to reach into the minus teens.

 

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