Government of Canada Alerts for: Blood Res. 148 including Stand Off
Government of Canada Alerts for: Blood Res. 148 including Stand Off – 8:20 PM MST Wednesday 10 January 2024
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:
Cardston – Fort Macleod – Magrath
A long period of extreme cold temperatures and wind chills will continue.
Air temperatures will fall through the end of the week with the coldest values expected by Saturday morning.
Temperatures will drop between minus 30 and minus 37 degrees Celsius tonight with wind chills as low as minus 48.
Over the weekend, morning temperatures will reach minus 40 degrees Celsius in many areas. Wind chills will approach minus 50.
Slight improvement in the temperature is forecast for early next week, but certainty is low and below normal temperatures are likely to continue.
Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.
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.
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.
If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.
Watch for colour changes on fingers and toes, pain, numbness, a tingling sensation, or swelling. If present, move indoors and begin warming.
Keep moving to maintain your body heat and seek shelter from the wind.
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.