It will be the snowiest February 13th of all time.
The current snowstorm, potentially the biggest of the winter, is just the latest turn in a hectic few weeks of weather for Canada.
Alternating periods of above and below-average temperatures have already decimated city roads and sidewalks, which are about to be hit with up to 45-50cm of snow.
Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold weather alert for Kugaaruk, Nunavut,Toronto, Quebec,Ontario, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver .
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.
In fact, if snow accumulates as much as expected between Tuesday and Wednesday, parts of Canada could end up breaking a 26-year snowfall record for February 13th.
Environment Canada has predicted that these days Canada will going to by powerful 60 cm snowstorm this week.
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 -55 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 -58 C 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 -55.
“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 -50 and -60 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.
Several parts of BC have been hit with the most intense snowstorm we’ve seen this season. For Vancouver, it’s even been the most snow and cold weather the city has seen in over 10 years. Several school districts, universities, attractions and more all across the Greater Vancouver area have been closed down because of the snow, and many parts of the city have gone into shutdown mode.
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 -55 C today and Friday. “Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill,” says Environment Canada.