Extreme cold warning for Toronto starts off chilly, snowy week

Cheryl Sanders
January 21, 2019

And temperatures will drop, to around zero by morning. Coming out of an icy cold spell this weekend, Torontonians are in for more cold with Environment Canada issuing an extreme cold warning the first day of the week.

Fortunately, it will begin to moderate by Tuesday and we could be back up to 30 or so.

There is a sign the Arctic cold is waning.

Wind Chill Warnings, majority taking effect on Sunday evening, were posted for all or parts of the following counties into Monday: Webster, Pocahontas, Randolph, Preston, Tucker, Grant, Mineral and Pendleton.

Individuals choosing to brace the cold are encouraged to dress in warm, wind resistant layers which can be easily removed should you overheat. Environment Canada says snow will end early this morning then clearing. Road conditions are not favorable this morning for driving. Risk of frostbite. UV index 2 or low.

As winds ease on Monday, the warning will be lifted, but temperatures near -20C or colder are still expected Monday night. Wind chills will make it feel like it's in the single digits. Wind chill values of minus 40 to minus 45 are occurring over much of Northern Ontario. The outer layer should be wind resistant.

Those at risk of cold-related illnesses include young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, and people without proper shelter. These wind chills can cause frostbite on exposed skin in less than 30 minutes.

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