Alerts for: Smiths Falls - Lanark - Sharbot Lake

Warnings

5:24 PM EST Saturday 13 February 2016
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Plevna - Sharbot Lake - Western Lanark County
  • Smiths Falls - Perth - Eastern Lanark County

A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

The coldest air of the season has settled across Central and Eastern Ontario for the weekend as a large Arctic high pressure slowly settles eastward across the Great Lakes.

Wind chills of minus 35 to minus 40 are expected once again later tonight into Sunday morning bitterly cold arctic air continues to be ushered in by north to northwest winds.

Slow improvement of the wind chills is expected on Valentine's Day afternoon as the strengthening February sun helps to moderate this frigid Arctic air mass, with temperatures inching upward a few degrees.

Somewhat milder weather along with continued improvement in the wind chill department is expected on Family Day Monday.

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 storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

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