A period of very cold wind chills is expected and so Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for:
- North Bay - Powassan - Mattawa
- West Nipissing - French River
- Greater Sudbury and vicinity
- South River - Burk's Falls
- Bayfield Inlet - Dunchurch
- Huntsville - Baysville
- Town of Parry Sound - Rosseau - Killbear Park
- Temiskaming Shores - Temagami
- Témiscaming area
- Ville-Marie area
- Kirkland Lake - Englehart
Expect wind chill values near minus 40 tonight into Friday morning. Similar conditions are expected for many areas Friday night into Saturday morning as well.
Bitterly cold arctic air will begin to flood across the area tonight. Minimum temperatures near or below minus 30 combined with moderate winds will bring wind chill values near minus 40.
Periods of light snow will end near midnight then clearing. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 late this evening. Low tonight minus 29 with a wind chill of minus 41 overnight. Frostbite can occur in minutes.
Friday will see sunny skies but a wind from the northeast at 20 km/h gusting to 40. High minus 22. Wind chill minus 42 in the morning and minus 33 in the afternoon. Again, frostbite may occur in minutes.
Saturday will be a little warmer with a high of minus 15.
Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.
Watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.
Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.
Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill. Symptoms include cold skin and a prickling feeling, followed by numbness and inflamed or discoloured skin.
If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.