Weekend warriors beware, Ottawa Public Health has now issued a frostbite warning starting overnight Friday until further notice.
The cold starts today in the capital with increasing cloudiness and two centimetres of snow, which starts this morning, as a northwest wind gusts from 20 to 40 kilometres per hour. The temperature should be steady around –6 C.
Tonight is, well, oh boy. That northwest wind will continue to gust from 20 to 40 km/h as the low reaches –21 C with the wind making it feel more like –29.
To prevent frostbite, health officials advise people to:
- Get to a warm area before frostbite sets in. If it's too cold outside, consider staying indoors.
- Keep extra mittens and gloves in the car, house or school bag.
- Wear larger sized mittens over your gloves.
- Wear a scarf to protect the chin, lips and cheeks. They are all extremely susceptible to frostbite.
- Wear two pairs of socks — wool if possible.
- Keep feet warm and dry.
- Do not drink alcohol, as it narrows blood vessels and promotes frostbite and then hypothermia.
Weekend remains bitterly cold
Saturday looks to be just as bitterly cold. We could see a mix of sun and cloud, though, as the stubborn northwest wind sticks around with gusts up to 40 km/h.
The high will be –12 C, but it will feel like –28 with the wind. Saturday night the temperature should drop to –20 C (without the wind).
Sunday should be sunny, which is great, as the high reaches –11 C, while Sunday night's low will be –23 C.
So, you say spring is 10 days away? Well, we believe you, because the temperature will rise again next week.