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-44 Wind Chill – Seriously, Enough With The Cold Now! UPDATED

(Last Updated On: February 19, 2018)

UPDATE: The winds have picked up and, as of 6:00 am, Environment Canada says they are up to 17 km/h at the airport, pushing the windchill factor down to -48

Although Environment Canada has not issued an Extreme cold warning for Nipawin and area, at least not as of 5:00 am this morning, they are showing the current wind chill factor at the Nipawin Airport as being -44. 

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Maybe they are short staffed for the Holiday because current temperature at the airport shows to be -35°  and a light wind of 8 km/h gives us that -44 wind chill. That usually warrants an extreme cold warning. So if you have ice fishing or other outdoor plans for this Family Day, be sure to take precautions, bundle up in lots of layers and don’t forget to tell people where you are going to be.

The good news is that after Tuesday, when the wind chill will reach -30, and we have a 60% chance of snow flurries, the rest of the week we are finally going to see some warmer temperatures with highs up to -6 on Friday.

Nipawin Forecast for today and this evening from Environment Canada; 

Today – Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -15. Wind chill -38 this morning.
Tonight – Partly cloudy. Becoming clear this evening. Increasing cloudiness overnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 25. Wind chill -32.

Tue, 20 Feb Cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries late in the morning and in the afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -14. Wind chill -30.
Night Clear. Low – 28.
Wed, 21 Feb Sunny. High -15.
Night Clear. Low -19.
Thu, 22 Feb Sunny. High -9.
Night Clear. Low -20.
Fri, 23 Feb Sunny. High -6.
Night Clear. Low -17.
Sat, 24 Feb Sunny. High -8.
Night Clear. Low -17.
Sun, 25 Feb Sunny. High -9.

Environment Canada Forecast as of 5:00 AM CST Monday 19 February 2018

 

Wind Chill Hazards

Wind Chill Hazards and What To Do
Wind Chill Exposure Risk Health
Concerns
What to Do
0 to -9 Low Risk
  • Slight increase in discomfort
  • Dress warmly
  • Stay dry
-10 to -27 Moderate Risk
  • Uncomfortable
  • Risk of hypothermia and frostbite if outside for long periods without adequate protection.
  • Dress in layers of warm clothing, with an outer layer that is wind-resistant.
  • Wear a hat, mittens or insulated gloves, a scarf and insulated, waterproof footwear.
  • Stay dry.
  • Keep active
-28 to -39 High Risk: exposed skin can freeze in 10 to 30 minutes
  • High risk of frostnip or frostbite: Check face and extremities for numbness or whiteness.
  • High risk of hypothermia if outside for long periods without adequate clothing or shelter from wind and cold.
  • Dress in layers of warm clothing, with an outer layer that is wind-resistant
  • Cover exposed skin
  • Wear a hat, mittens or insulated gloves, a scarf, neck tube or face mask and insulated, waterproof footwear
  • Stay dry
  • Keep active
-40 to -47 Very High risk: exposed skin can freeze in 5 to 10 minutesFootnote1
  • Very high risk of frostbite: Check face and extremities for numbness or whiteness.
  • Very high risk of hypothermia if outside for long periods without adequate clothing or shelter from wind and cold.
  • Dress in layers of warm clothing, with an outer layer that is wind-resistant.
  • Cover all exposed skin.
  • Wear a hat, mittens or insulated gloves, a scarf, neck tube or face mask and insulated, waterproof footwear.
  • Stay dry
  • Keep active.
-48 to -54 Severe risk: exposed skin can freeze in 2 to 5 minutesFootnote1
  • Severe risk of frostbite: Check face and extremities frequently for numbness or whiteness.
  • Severe risk of hypothermia if outside for long periods without adequate clothing or shelter from wind and cold.
  • Be careful. Dress very warmly in layers of clothing, with an outer layer that is wind-resistant.
  • Cover all exposed skin
  • Wear a hat, mittens or insulated gloves, a scarf, neck tube or face mask and insulated, waterproof footwear.
  • Be ready to cut short or cancel outdoor activities.
  • Stay dry.
  • Keep active.
-55 and colder Extreme risk: exposed skin can freeze in less than 2 minutesFootnote1
  • DANGER! Outdoor conditions are hazardous.
  • Stay indoors.

Post Author: Joanne Francis