Alerts for: Barrie - Orillia - Midland


4:41 AM EST Sunday 14 February 2016
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Barrie - Collingwood - Hillsdale
  • Midland - Coldwater - Orr Lake
  • Orillia - Lagoon City - Washago

A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

The coldest air of the season has settled across Southern Ontario for the weekend as a large arctic high pressure area moves slowly across the Great Lakes.

Extremely cold wind chills of between minus 30 to minus 40 are once again expected this morning as bitterly cold arctic air settles over the area.

Slow improvement of the wind chills is expected this afternoon as the strengthening February sun helps to moderate this frigid arctic airmass, with temperatures inching upward a few degrees.

Considerably milder weather will arrive on Family Day Monday with temperatures approaching normal values for this time of year.

Wear appropriate clothing.
- Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Synthetic and wool fabrics provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry and further reduce your risk.
- Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can remove layers if you get too warm (before you start sweating) or add a layer if you get cold.
- Wear warm socks, gloves, a hat and scarf in cold weather. Be sure to cover your nose to protect it.
- If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you're wet.

Avoid alcohol.
- Consuming alcohol before you go out in the cold may increase your risk of hypothermia because it increases blood flow to the extremities of the body. You may actually feel warm even though you are losing heat.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports to #ONStorm.


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