Here’s some good news if you’re not a fan of extreme frigid temperatures. Environment Canada has now ended the Extreme Cold Warning for the area. The warning was issued last night as a blast of arctic air associated with the polar vortex moved over Lake Superior. That cold air kicked off several hours of snow squalls with blowing and drifting snow last night in Sault Ste. Marie. Accumulation was minimal. Winds were strong peaking at 66 km/h at around 5pm with sustained winds of 40 km/h.
Temperatures dipped to -26c with a windchill of -33c according to Environment Canada. Other areas further away from large bodies of water saw temperatures dip to -31c
Although the warning has ended, it’s still very cold for today, tonight and into Saturday before a warming trend begins to slowly build in for next week. Temperatures will settle at -20c this evening and overnight.
Ranger Lake and Elliot Lake remain under the Extreme Cold Warning for today and Saturday.
Wind chill values of minus 40 to minus 45 are expected once again tonight into Saturday morning for some areas east of Sault Ste. Marie