5 events the cold could impact in Ontario this weekend
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 4:32 PM -
The Family Day long weekend in Ontario, which includes Valentine's Day on Sunday, will feature the coldest temperatures of the season.
"The biggest weather story for the weekend will be the potential for record cold for both Saturday and Sunday morning," writes Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.
"At Toronto’s Pearson Airport, the record low for Saturday is -23.2 °C (set in 1979) and the record for Sunday is -23.3°C (set in 1943), and both of these records are in jeopardy. The wind chill will drop below -30 across most of southern Ontario and could reach -40 across parts of central and northern Ontario. Daytime temperatures on Saturday will struggle to get above -20°C north of Toronto."
While many people won't have to worry about scraping the ice off their cars to head into work, the cold could put a wrench in some outdoor plans.
Here are five events that could be impacted by the chilly temperatures this weekend.
5. Toronto's taxi strike has been called off, but the threat of a strike still looms
A taxi strike scheduled for Friday's evening rush hour has been cancelled, but taxi industry spokesman Sam Moini told reporters the Taxi Workers Association of the Greater Toronto Area has obtained permits for a protest, and those permits could extend into the weekend.
At a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Moini told reporters the strike could still happen at a future date, despite Friday's cancellation.
While the strike -- and the cancellation of said strike -- don't have anything to do with the weather, people who may need a cab this weekend might want to arrange alternate plans to avoid getting stuck out in the cold, just in case.
The taxi drivers are protesting UberX, an app-based ride-sharing program.
4. Toronto's NBA All-Star Weekend
Toronto will be full of celebrities this weekend -- from comedian Kevin Hart to NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal -- but if you're planning to line the streets to see the stars, you better bundle up.
Saturday's low in Toronto is expected to drop to -23, and that's before the wind chill is factored in. It's never a good idea to spend an extended period of time in such chilly temperatures.
3. Bundle up for Frosty Fest
Brantford's annual outdoor winter celebration, Frosty Fest, will take place February 13-15.
From an ice carving competition to free ice skating, there will be plenty to do, but make sure you dress in layers: It could feel like -27 with the wind chill in Brantford Saturday.
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* The HUGE Ice Carving Competition
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Canada's ultimate winter festival, Winterlude, comes to a close in Ottawa this Monday, following a weekend that's jam-packed with events. Festival-goers who are willing to brave wind chills around -30 will have the opportunity to learn how to downhill ski, check out some incredible ice sculptures and skate on the Rideau Canal.
1. Frigid temperatures for northern Ontario
But like we said before, if you're planning on heading out, dress warm. Wind chills will push temperatures way down in southern Ontario through the weekend, making it feel close to -40 in some places.