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Friday’s forecast for extreme cold prompts school closures

In a rare move, but one many parents can certainly agree with, officials with the Livingstone Range School Division decided Thursday afternoon to close all LRSD schools this Friday, Jan. 12.

With Friday morning temperatures forecast near -33 C, and wind chill values that could reach -50, an LSRD notice says officials chose to “not run buses and close the schools over the safety of [our] students and staff.”

All extracurricular activities, like the Rock the Diploma event, have also been postponed due to the extreme cold.

“We anticipate that buses will run and schools will be open on Monday, Jan. 15, as the forecast shows some improvement,” the notice said.

Updates will be posted to school and division websites and social channels.

Meanwhile, Holy Spirit Catholic School Division has announced that many of its rural schools, including St. Michael’s in Pincher Creek, will also be closed as the buses it shares with Livingstone Range won’t be running.

Monday’s outlook is for moderate temperatures with sunshine and a daytime high near -12.




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Extreme cold warning issued with bitter temperatures ahead

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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