Bitter extreme cold to grip the Sault Saturday


It looks like the coldest day of the year is upon us. Can you say -41c with windchill? That’s how it will feel for most of the day Saturday as a huge arctic high pressure system sits over the Great Lakes until Monday.

Without the wind it will still feel extremely cold. High temperatures are expected only to hit -18c after a very cold night Friday.

Environment Canada has issued an Extreme cold warning for the area.

Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

Agawa – Lake Superior Park
Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay

The coldest wind chill values will be between minus 40 and minus 45.

Extreme cold forecast for Northern Ontario.

An Arctic ridge of high pressure sliding southward through the Prairies continues to usher in moderate north winds and frigid temperatures over Ontario. As a result all of northern Ontario will experience extreme cold today, tonight and into Saturday morning.

While anyone who isn’t dressed warmly is at risk in cold weather conditions, some are at greater risk than others for frost bite and hypothermia:
– homeless people
– outdoor workers
– people living in homes that are poorly insulated (with no heat or no power)
– people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral neuropathy and diseases affecting the blood vessels, people taking certain medications including beta-blockers
– winter sport enthusiasts
– people who consume excess alcohol
– infants and
– seniors.

-please note, even your pets need to stay warm. No living creature should have to stay out in extreme conditions. PLEASE BRING YOUR PETS IN EVEN IF THEY STAY OUTSIDE NORMALLY.

Wear appropriate clothing.
– Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Synthetic and wool fabrics provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry and further reduce your risk.

– Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can remove layers if you get too warm (before you start sweating) or add a layer if you get cold.

– Wear warm socks, gloves, a hat and scarf in cold weather. Be sure to cover your nose to protect it.

– If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you’re wet.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.