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Deep chill settles in Saturday

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Friday, January 12, 2018, 7:12 PM - Friday's freezing rain and slippery roadways helped set the tone for what will be a chilly weekend.

Saturday looks to be the coldest day, with daytime highs down well into the negative teens, feeling as cold as -40 with the windchill in the early morning hours.

"Wind chill values are expected to moderate through the day of Saturday," Environment Canada says in a statement.

"However, near minus 40 wind chill values could reach again in some areas overnight Saturday into Sunday morning."

In temperatures below -40ºC, frostbite can occur in as little as 10 minutes. 


Preventing frostbite

  • Limit time outdoors when wind chill warnings are in place
  • Do not keep your pets outdoors for prolonged periods of time when wind chill warnings are in place 
  • Keep an extra pair mittens with you 
  • Use a scarf to protect the chin, lips and cheeks -- these areas are particularly vulnerable to frostbite
  • Keep feet warm and dry
  • Do not drink alcohol: This narrows blood vessels and can expedite the onset of frostbite

Treating frostbite

Frostbite can be serious and result in amputation if not properly treated.

  • Seek medical attention
  • Do NOT rub or massage the affected area
  • Wait to warm the area until you are certain that it will stay warm
  • Slowly warm the area - use body heat or warm water (40 to 42ºC) avoid direct heat because it can burn the skin

Be sure to check back often for the latest updates on the conditions in your area.

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