Twin blizzards: Visibility to 'hand in front of your face'
Monday, March 26, 2018, 11:56 AM - Two systems and a widespread impact for areas in Canada's far north are leading to a rough and winter-like ending to the month of March. Blizzard warnings have been issued with reduced visibilities of 400 metres or less expected and wind chill values are dropping into the -40s.
Twin blizzards - impacts stretch across Manitoba, Quebec, Nunavut
"A pair of blizzards are moving across the far northern regions of our country," says Weather Network meteorologist Chris Murphy. "The first is bringing nasty conditions for areas from Nunavut's Baker Lake, across Hudson Bay and lifting its way northward."
Powerful winds combined with freshly fallen snow will produce dangerous blizzard conditions through Monday night.
"Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility," warns Environment Canada. "Limit outdoor activities. Ensure that shelter is provided for pets and outdoor animals."
Impact could be felt across northern Manitoba and Quebec and well up into Nunavut.
"The second and deeper system on Tuesday will have a greater impact on northern Manitoba and all shorelines of Hudson Bay," Murphy says. "Visibility amid the heavy snow and whipping winds will likely be reduced to literally, the hand in front of your face and not much more than that."
Biting, extreme wind chills
For those able to escape the blizzard warnings and winter storm advisories, frigid temperatures are a guarantee.
In Yellowknife for example, a daytime high of -7oC is typical at this time of year. On Tuesday, -19oC is forecast for the city with a wind chill making it feel closer to -28.