The latest forecasts are terrifying.
If you’re reading this on-the-go, you may want to stop and sit down before you read any further.
According to Accuweather, this month’s winter is going to be colder and snowier than ever.
Canada’s northern regions are facing the wrath of a polar vortex that has caused wind chills to plummet to as low as -70 C. Yes, -70.
Such temperatures make those regions of Canada colder than Mars, which has an average annual temperature of around -62 C.
According to The Weather Network, southern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada will be bombarded by severe snowstorms later this week. The hardest hit areas can expect over 50 cm of snow, with frequent periods of freezing rain and possible major power outages.
“While the storm is too far out to discuss the details of specific locations, we know the system will be unlike any storm we’ve seen so far this season,” reports meteorologist Erin Wenckstern of The Weather Network.
Canada’s southern regions may not have it as bad but are still affected to a significant degree. Parts of Manitoba are facing wind chills as low as -34 C, while northern Ontario and northern Quebec are seeing temperatures of around -45 C and -60 C, respectively.
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.