Updated: 2/2/2019 6:14:33 AM
On Friday, people in both Ottawa and Toronto were struggling under another cold day with temperatures that could cause frostbite. The extreme cold warning threshold varies by region: it's –30 in southwestern Ontario, –35 in eastern Ontario and –40 in Alberta and northern Ontario. Winds from Siberia are expected to bring in a cold front that will bring temperatures down to between 8 and 18 degrees colder than the average. All regions except Atlantic Canada and the south-east of British Columbia will be affected.
Updated: 1/31/2019 10:25:34 AM
Millions of Canadians were hiding out this week under extreme cold warnings stretching across the map, even as some East Coast cities enjoyed moderate temperatures.
According to experts, these co-existing extremes have been predicted for some time, and they’re likely here to stay. “This is the kind of thing people have been predicting for years,” Konrad Gajewski, a professor of geography and environment at the University of Ottawa, said. “It’s thought that as the Arctic warms up because the ice is melting back, we’re going to have more of a situation where you have what we call ‘waviness’ in the polar vortex,” Gajewski said.
Updated: 1/29/2019 2:56:01 AM
The extreme cold warning issued for the Barrie, Orillia, Collingwood and Midland areas has ended. However, a snowfall warning is now in effect for the region. Environment Canada says significant snowfall is expected to begin Monday afternoon and will persist into Tuesday morning. Officials say the region is likely to see around 15 centimetres of snow.
An extreme cold warning has been expanded to most of Saskatchewan. Environment Canada said a period of very cold wind chills is expected as a bitterly cold arctic air mass moves into the province.
The entire Manitoba province is covered in extreme cold warnings due to a cold front moving into Manitoba later Monday that will produce wind chills that will make it feel like - 53 overnight followed by daytime temperatures around - 30 C.
Updated: 1/28/2019 2:50:31 AM
Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning and snow fall warning for Waterloo region and Wellington county. "Extreme cold puts everyone at risk," said Environment Canada. "Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant." Snow will be heavy at times this morning or early afternoon and is forecast to continue tonight.
About 20 Canadian Armed Forces members suffered frostbite, and some required hospitalization, following a military training session near Petawawa, Ont., held earlier this month in extremely cold weather. Medical staff and ambulances were present during the training to provide care. The frostbite cases were treated immediately, he said, and soldiers with more pressing injuries were taken to hospital, said public affairs officer Capt. Daniel Mazurek. He said that IRU soldiers are required to tackle emergencies like floods or ice storms "on a moment's notice," and therefore exercises in such extreme conditions, while difficult, are also necessary.
Updated: 1/26/2019 3:20:48 AM
Toronto’s medical officer of health has issued another extreme cold weather alert for the city ahead of frigid overnight temperatures that could feel like – 23 with the wind chill. Manitoba remains in the clutches of an extreme cold warning that is bringing wind chill values as biting as –50. Across the south, the daytime temperatures for the next few days will hover around the mid-minus 20s but the wind chill will make it feel more like –40 to –45. The extreme cold warning might be lifted at times during the day but is expected to return in the evenings. In the north, the wind chill will make the temperature feel more like –50. It's unlikely the warning will be lifted there.
“Exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health,” Dr. Eileen de Villa wrote in a news release. “Those most at risk of cold-related illness are people experiencing homelessness or those under-housed, those who work outdoors, people with a pre-existing heart condition or respiratory illness, elderly people, infants and young children.”
Updated: 1/24/2019 3:11:52 AM
All week, pedestrians in Ottawa have had to wade down snow-clogged sidewalks and scramble over neck-high drifts. Cars and trucks that weren't stuck in winter gridlock fishtailed around icy corners, while transit users waiting for late buses considered themselves lucky when their routes weren't cancelled altogether. Winter happens in Ottawa, but city officials are describing this week's conditions as a perfect storm, and are warning residents it's not over yet. "That is definitely not normal," said Bryden Denyes, the city's manager for core roads. "With the extreme cold temperatures and then the snow, it poses challenges for us getting the snow cleared." Road salt is also less effective when temperatures dip below –18 C, Denyes said. The difficult conditions have meant slow and slippery commutes for drivers, with more than a dozen ending up in ditches.
Published Monday, January 21, 2019
A period of very cold wind chills is forcing authorities to keep extreme cold warnings active over almost entire Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frostbite and hypothermia.
Wind chill values of -40 °C to -45 °C are expected Monday morning, January 21, Environment Canada said, adding that conditions in Ontario will begin to slowly moderate through the day with wind chills near -25 °C to -30 °C. The cold spell will last into Tuesday over Northern and Central Quebec.
EC meteorologists urged residents to "cover up as frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill." Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.
Parts of Ontario woke up to 30 cm of snow today after a powerful winter storm hit both United States and Canada.
"Monday's early deep freeze with wind chill values in the -30 °C was enough to cancel school buses around the GTA," TWN meteorologists said.
Temperatures will climb back closer to seasonal to closeer to end of the week, although that might not last for long."
Canada Extreme Cold Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green