Special Weather Statement in effect: A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected.
10:51 AM NST Friday 24 February 2023
Special weather statement in effect for:
- Avalon Peninsula North
A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is continues.
Coldest wind chills: -30 to -25.
Locations: Most of Newfoundland.
Time span: continuing into next week.
Remarks: An arctic airmass will cause overnight and early morning wind chills to approach warning criteria over the next several days, especially for inland areas where overnight lows are generally colder than along the coast.
At this time there is uncertainty on when the cold wind chills will moderate. However, they are likely to continue until at least Monday.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #NLwx.
Cold Weather Safety Tips
- Listen to the weather forecast. Check the Environment Canada weather forecast before going out.
- Reduce outdoor activities for the whole family, including pets.
- If heading outside, dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
- Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves or add over gloves), and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your arms, legs, hands and feet. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Cover as much exposed skin as possible.
- Wear warm and waterproof footwear. Be careful of icy walkways!
- If possible, limit the time you spend outside.
- Know the symptoms of and watch out for cold-related illnesses. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.
Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
A more severe condition where both the skin and the underlying tissue (fat, muscle, bone) are frozen. Skin appears white and waxy and is hard to the touch. People with frostbite will have no sensation in the area, only a numb or tingling.
A prolonged period of time can cause a drop in body temperature.
Shivering, confusion and loss of muscular control (e.g., difficulty walking) can occur.
Can be a life threatening condition where shivering stops or the person loses consciousness. Cardiac arrest may occur.
- Follow recommended safety precautions when using space heaters, a fireplace, or a woodstove to heat your home. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
- Make sure emergency generators or secondary heating systems are well ventilated.
- When the ground freezes and temperatures drop, some residents experience frozen water lines. Residents whose water service line is prone to freezing are reminded to run a small stream of water to prevent their water service lines from freezing.
- Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, and those who may need extra help.
- If it is too cold for you to be out, remember it is too cold for pets to be outside as well. Cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather
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