It may not officially be winter yet, but it sure feels like it in certain provinces. Several extreme cold weather warnings in Canada have been issued, with nearly -50 C lows expected in certain areas. Temperatures this cold can give you frostbite within minutes.

Not long ago, Alberta was one of the coldest places on the planet. Now it looks like several other provinces are wanting to fight for that title. 

According to Environment Canada, several regions of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta are under weather alerts.

While temperatures will vary from province to province, the coldest temperatures will range from -40 to -50 C with the wind chill.

According to the warnings, portions of northern Saskatchewan will get the worst of it overnight on Monday, December 9.  Environment Canada has stated that weather like this "puts everyone at risk."

Be sure to watch for cold-related symptoms including "shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain, muscle weakness, numbness, and changes in colour in your fingers and toes," reads the warning. 

Extreme cold like this has the ability to elevate your risk of frostbite and hypothermia. 

If you happen to find yourself in any of these impacted areas, be sure to cover up. You may feel like Randy from A Christmas Story, but your body will thank you. 

In Alberta, a weather warning has been issued for the Fort Chipewyan - Wood Buffalo National Park region. 

It states that temperatures of -40 C are expected on Monday and throughout the night. Temperatures will moderate by mid-week. 

In Manitoba, six areas of the province are bracing for extreme cold. "Temperatures in the minus thirties combined with northwest winds of 15 km/h will result in extreme wind chills near the warning threshold of -45 over northern Manitoba,” says Environment Canada.

By the afternoon, temperatures will climb back up slightly but frosty wind chills will likely persist until Tuesday.

The following Manitoba areas are under weather alerts: 

  • Brochet 

  • Gillam 

  • Lynn Lake - Leaf Rpaids - Pukatawagan 

  • Shamattawa 

  • Tadoule Lake 

  • Thompson - Nelson House - Split Lake 

In Saskatchewan, six northern regions of the province will see blue skies during the day and wind chills of -45 to -50 C overnight on Monday.

These regions are part of Environment Canada's warnings for Saskatchewan:

  • Cree Lake - Key Lake

  • Fond-du-Lac - Stony Rapids

  • La Loche - Clearwater River Prov. Park - Cluff Lake

  • Southend - Brabant Lake - Kinoosao

  • Uranium City - Camsell Portage

  • Wollaston Lake - Collins Bay

On days like these, it's probably a good idea to bury yourself under a pile of blankets and watch Christmas movies. 


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