Extreme cold warning for Saskatoon and area

Saskatoon and area, and parts of the province north of the city, are under an extreme cold warning Wednesday morning.

Environment Canada said extreme wind chill values near -40 continue under an arctic ridge of high pressure.

The extreme wind chills will ease as the morning progresses and temperatures rise out of the -30s.

Below normal temperatures will persist through the day and Environment Canada said extreme cold conditions are expected to return to much of southern Saskatchewan overnight and into Thursday morning.

Frostbite can occur in less than 10 minutes at these values.

With windchills around -40, the risk of frostbite is within the 5-10 minute range

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Anyone heading outside should dress warmly and in layers and ensure the outer layer is wind resistant.

People working outside should take regular breaks to warm up.

Cold-related symptoms including shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness, and colour changes in fingers and toes.

Emergency supplies, such as extra blankets and jumper cables should be kept in vehicles.

The average high for this time of year in Saskatoon is -6 C.

For the latest conditions and warnings, download the SkyTracker weather app.

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