It's safe to say that while winter got off to a slow start in Ontario, it's definitely made up for lost time in the past week alone. After Monday's snowstorm that left most of the province blanketed in 26 cm of snow, many residents were left praying this would be the most extreme weather we'd see for the rest of the season but unfortunately, experts are saying otherwise.
As of now, Environment Canada is issuing yet another warning today revolving around cold weather, claiming that conditions in some areas are going to get "extremely dangerous." If you are wondering where these brutal conditions are coming from, according to experts it's due to a split in the polar vortex. This has been affecting North America specifically, resulting in a dramatic drop in temperature.
According to Environment Canada, Southern Ontario will be experiencing "temperatures near minus -20 combined with strong southwest winds result[ing] in wind-chill values between the range of -30 to -35. Though Northern Ontario will be enduring much worse with the expectation of wind-chill values dropping to a bone-chilling range between -50 to -55".
What's especially concerning for Northern Ontario is that "wind-chill values of this magnitude are relatively rare for this region and are extremely dangerous" according to Environment Canada.
Other parts of Canada will also be suffering along with Ontario as Saskatchewan and Manitoba are expected to endure similar temperatures to Northern Ontario. While Nunavut takes the cake for the coldest expectations with the wind-chill values expected to hit -60°C.
With such cold temperatures expected, it's important to keep safe considering extreme cold can result in hypothermia or frostbite.
Environment Canada is reminding Canadians of the symptoms of frostbite, which are shortness of breath, muscle pain, chest pain, numbness, weakness or your fingers and toes changing colour. Frostbite can happen in mere minutes, meaning it's important to stay vigilant.
To see Environment Canada's complete list of current weather warnings, click here.
Source: CBC News