Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Extreme cold warnings are now in effect for all of Alberta. CBC News

The entire province of Alberta was placed under a cold weather warning on Sunday afternoon, as prolonged cold temperatures continue to cancel activities and force many indoors.

Most of the province was already facing extreme cold warnings, but the advisory has expanded to include parts of southern Alberta that were not covered on Christmas Day.

In Edmonton, Environment Canada said it expected extremely cold wind gusts between -40 C and -55 C. In Calgary, the current forecast is likely to see winds around -43 C.

“Extremely cold, extreme cold, there’s no other way to describe it,” said Dave Phillips with Environment Canada.

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Phillips said cold air from Alaska, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories is enveloping the province.

“It’s thick like molasses, it’s filling up all the nooks and crannies of Alberta.

“There’s no escape and no respite… It’s dangerous because you’re talking about brutal wind chill.”

Phillips noted that although it may be winter in Alberta, current temperatures are cooler than normal.

An extreme cold warning has been issued throughout Alberta until Sunday afternoon. (Environment Canada)

The Environment Canada warning said that “regions of northern Alberta will experience a prolonged period of extreme cold, possibly continuing through next weekend.”

Phillips said there should be some respite on New Year’s Day, although it will still be cold.

Albertans are warned to exercise caution and bundle up. At such a low temperature, frostbite can occur on exposed skin within minutes.

Colder temperatures have also prompted the temporary closure of Edmonton-area ski hills, like the Edmonton Ski Club, Rabbit Hill and Snow Valley.

Phillips said it was possible that multiple records could be set for overnight lows across the province.

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