Some places in Western or Northern Canada will see wind chill temperatures as low as -50 and high winds are expected in parts of Ontario. Most of Western Canada and northern areas of Ontario and Quebec were given extreme cold alerts or special weather statements Tuesday night. Environment Canada also announced winter storm watches through parts of Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, and Metro Vancouver.
A meteorologist from CBC, Johanna Wagstaffe said “there is a lot going on across the country right now,… In this case, it’s a combination of Arctic air entrenched in the west and an active storm track for the east.” The Fraser Valley may receive up to 50 centimetres of snow through Thursday with some risk of freezing rain.
There were earlier warnings of extreme cold pushing through the end of the week for parts of Yukon, northern B.C., and the Elk Valley area of southeastern B.C. In Ontario, Environment Canada said extreme cold in the north can lead to “frostbite that can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.
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