Brace yourselves for the second wave of winter.
Canada is under extreme cold weather warnings and could face wind chill temperatures dipping as low as -60 C and -65 C
Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold weather 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.
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.
Northern Ontario , is under extreme cold weather warnings and could face wind chill temperatures dipping as low as -60 C and -65 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 -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.