It's going to feel like -50°C in parts of Edmonton this week

Jan 14 2020, 11:33 am

A severe cold snap is hitting Edmonton this week, with dangerously low temperatures expected into the weekend.

An extreme cold warning has been issued by Environment Canada for the city of Edmonton, St. Albert, and Sherwood Park, as well as many other parts of Alberta.

With the warning comes frigid windchill, with the coldest windchill values expected to be between -45°C and -50°C, according to Environment Canada.

The pattern of very cold windchill is expected to last multiple days and into Sunday for some regions.

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Environment Canada

Environment Canada is also warning Albertans to bring pets indoors in the extreme cold, considering “if it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.”

Things are expected to stay chilly in Edmonton until the weekend.

High winds are expected Tuesday evening, with a low of -35°C in the evening, and a windchill of up to -41°C. Environment Canada warns that frostbite is possible in just minutes in the low temperatures.

Snow is also forecasted for Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning, and things will stay cold until about Sunday, when things “warm up” to about -4°C.

According to Environment Canada, extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or windchill creates an elevated risk to health, such as frostbite and hypothermia.

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