Alerts in Effect
Extreme Cold WarningIssued at 10:21 p.m. CST Saturday 27 December 2014
A period of very cold wind chills is expected. A ridge of high pressure building southward into the Prairies from the Arctic is ushering in a frigid air mass. With temperatures expected to fall below minus 30 tonight with northwest winds of 10-15 km/h, extreme wind chill values of minus 40 to minus 43 will occur overnight into Sunday morning. Although some moderation is expected during the daytime, extreme wind chill values are also expected Sunday night into Monday morning for most of southern Saskatchewan as the entire province falls under the grip of this Arctic air mass.Details
While anyone who isn't dressed warmly is at risk in cold weather conditions, some are at greater risk than others for frost bite and hypothermia: - homeless people - outdoor workers - people living in homes that are poorly insulated (with no heat or no power) - people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral neuropathy and diseases affecting the blood vessels, people taking certain medications including beta-blockers - winter sport enthusiasts - people who consume excess alcohol - infants and - seniors. Wear appropriate clothing. - Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Synthetic and wool fabrics provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry and further reduce your risk. - Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can remove layers if you get too warm (before you start sweating) or add a layer if you get cold. - Wear warm socks, gloves, a hat and scarf in cold weather. Be sure to cover your nose to protect it. - If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you're wet. Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia. Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please continue to monitor your local media or Weatheradio for further updates. If you would like to report severe weather, you can call 1-800-239-0484 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet reports to #SKStorm.