Frigid Arctic Air Continues to Blast Saskatchewan – Extreme Cold Warning Updated - Notice Has Ended

(Last Updated On: December 31, 2017)

UPDATE 4:15 AM Friday 29 December 2017: Extreme wind chills are occurring through the northern Grainbelt early this morning and will spread throughout most of southern Saskatchewan as a frigid arctic air-mass establishes prevalence over the province.

Nipawin Forecast, Friday December 29th, 2017; A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming sunny this afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -29. Extreme wind chill -45.
Friday Night –
A few clouds. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -37. Extreme wind chill -48.

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Cloud and some light snow have kept relatively moderate temperatures through Thursday night over the portions of Saskatchewan south of the Yellowhead. However, temperatures will plummet today in these areas as the skies clear, and extreme wind chills of -40 or colder will spread throughout most of the province.

Friday night will be extraordinarily cold. Temperatures will fall well into the -30’s tonight and wind chills will follow well into the -40’s. There will be limited moderation of temperatures and these extreme wind chills Saturday.

Nipawin Forecast, Thursday December 28th, 2017:  Sunny. Increasing cloudiness this afternoon then 40 percent chance of flurries late this afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -25. Wind chill -42 this morning and -34 this afternoon.
Tonight: Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -31. Extreme wind chill -41. Wind chills well in the -30’s continue throughout southern Saskatchewan this morning. These wind chills will touch on -40 in many locations this morning. These bitterly wind chills will ease somewhat later this morning as temperatures recover a bit.

The next blast of frigid arctic air is expected Friday and wind chills will be particularly severe. Temperatures in the mid minus twenties or minus thirties will give widespread and persistent severe wind chills of minus 40 to minus 45 throughout southern Saskatchewan Friday. These severe wind chills will persist the entire weekend throughout southern Saskatchewan.

  • Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.
  • Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.
  • Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle such as extra blankets and jumper cables.
  • If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.
  • Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks to warm up.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.storm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #SKStorm.

Environment Canada release/forecast Thursday December 28th, 2017 4:26 AM CST