Region digs out as frigid system dumps snow

Above, snow-clearing activity on Bay Street, Iroquois, early this afternoon. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

SDG — The region dug out this morning from a wallop of snow that coincided with frigid temperatures in the minus double digits — reported as the coldest snowstorm in 100 years.

The flurries are tapering off but Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for this evening. Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

A bitterly cold Arctic airmass remains in place tonight with wind chill values of minus 35 to minus 40 expected. Conditions are forecast to slowly moderate early in the week.

The federal agency warns that risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.

Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill, so cover up, it warns.

And if it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Digging out in Williamsburg, Jan. 20. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

County Rd. 31, north of Williamsburg, early on the afternoon of Jan. 20. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


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