Besides Environment Canada’s Special Weather Statement for Toronto ahead of a “major winter storm” this weekend, the city is also under an extreme cold warning.
Environment Canada issued the warning on Saturday morning, stating a period of very cold wind chills is expected.
“An arctic air mass is forecast to begin to move into Southern Ontario today,” states the warning. “Wind chill values are expected to fall to close to minus 35 overnight tonight, and overnight Sunday. Wind chill values overnight Monday are expected to be close to minus 30.”
Conditions are expected to improve by Tuesday when milder weather moves in.
For Saturday, 5 cm of snow is forecasted with a high of -12°C, and the wind chill will make it feel closer to -21°C.
And tonight, the weather will dip even more. Expect it to feel like -31°C overnight.
The warning also recommends covering up, as frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.
Pets should also stay inside.
Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.