Some intense snow and extremely cold temperatures are expected across Canada, Environment Canada warns.
A weather alert has been issued for a total of eight provinces today: Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and New Brunswick.
This means that more than half of the Canadian provinces are expected to experience extreme cold temperatures.both Northern and Southern regions, and we can expect snow squalls and extreme cold weather in the afternoon and evening on Sunday.
Forecasts show that Canada can expect ridiculously cold temperatures and equally frustrating amounts of snow to arrive throughout the day.
GTA is expected to see as much as 35 cm of snow and winds that will reach 50 km/h. Beyond that, temperatures are slated to feel in between -30°C and -30°C when factoring in wind chill.
While 25 cm of snow and wind chill values of -30°C sounds rough, the GTA will be getting off easy in comparison to other areas of Ontario. Over in Thunder Bay, the high is expected to only reach -21°C while their expected wind chill will range from -28°C to a bone-chilling -50°C.
Between the fresh snow and high winds, drivers are being cautioned considering driving conditions will be significantly rougher than normal.
As usual with chillier temperatures like these, Environment Canada is cautioning anyone going outside to take the necessary precautions.
Canadians should be checking the weather before leaving the house, dressing appropriately, considering rescheduling their plans if they are occurring outside and helping out vulnerable friends or family if they are in need of help with preparing.
“Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.
“Watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes”.