Parts of Canada are under extreme strong winds.
Environment Canada has issued an extreme strong winds alert for the town of Kugaaruk, Nunavut, which currently sits right in the heart of the polar vortex.
People have been advised to stay indoors, especially younger children, older adults, individuals with chronic illnesses and outdoor workers due to high risks of hypothermia and freezing.
Both Quebec and Ontario will experience unusal strong winds next week , with Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba reaching strong winds far below normal 144km/h .
Parts of Manitoba are going to hit with strong winds reaching 130km/h , while northern Ontario and northern Quebec are going to see 140km/h strong winds.
Northern Ontario , is under extreme cold weather warnings and could face with wind chill as high as 120km/h and temperatures dipping as low as -30 C and -35 C, providing “some of the coldest temperatures this winter,”.
Snowfall of 40 cm or higher is possible in what is being called a “large winter storm” with strong winds, major rainfall “in excess of 50 mm” and the potential for freezing rain, said Environment Canada.
Newfoundland and Labrador are under an extreme coldweather alert with wind chills reaching a possible -35 C, but the province may be spared the worst of the storm.
Environment Canada has issued special weather statements detailing the “intense winter storm” for southern Quebec, which could see “very strong and frigid northerly winds” and blowing snow” that reduces visibility and making roads slippery.
“This storm should invade the province of Quebec,” the department said. “The most affected areas should be those located near the American Border and Atlantic Canada.”
Northern Quebec will likely escape the storm but parts of the region will see wind chill values near -20C on next week.
Environment Canada warned that parts of the province could see -20 centimetres of snow fall by Tuesday morning, with slightly more in the areas immediately surrounding the Great Lakes.
It says parts of northern Ontario can expect windchill values as low as -40.
“This bitterly cold Arctic airmass will remain in place through the weekend and possibly into next week,” said Environment Canada.
Extreme cold with wind chill values between -30 and -35 C are expected to blanket the western provinces, and wind warnings are in effect for parts of B.C.
“In B.C., the forecast is a lot milder thanks to Pacific air moving in,” said McEwan, though it will still be wet and windy over the next few days.
The northern Dempster Highway region of the Yukon will see blizzard conditions Thursday with “visibility near zero,” according to Environment Canada. “Travel is expected to be extremely hazardous due to reduced visibility.”
A few areas of Nunavut will hit with wind chills near -35 C today and Friday. “Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill,” says Environment Canada.