The previously mild winter takes a perilous swing in the opposite direction on Friday and Saturday, with temperatures hovering around -30 degrees Celsius and winds dropping to -40 degrees in the northern Ottawa Gatineau area.
Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for western Quebec, excluding Gatineau. Warnings say a cold front coming later Thursday will bring very cold winds on Friday.
Maniwaki will see temperatures drop from a high of -5 degrees Celsius on Thursday to an overnight low of -30 degrees Celsius, where it will remain so through Saturday morning. On top of that, expect it to feel like -45 due to the wind chill.
The forecast is similar for Pembroke, Ontario.
In Ottawa, Gatineau, and Cornwall, Ontario, temperatures are expected to be -30°C or below, with chilly winds approaching -40, so the cold is expected to ease a bit.
Frostbite can develop in minutes For exposed skin in cold weather.
Health units share frostbite warning signs and how to dress for the weather. Gatineau, KingstonOntario, and Ottawa We provide a list of warm-up locations and resources for the homeless.
In addition to the cold weather, squall watching and cold snaps are coming in the western Quebec countryside, Renfrew County and Bancroft, Ontario, warning of a sudden whiteout this afternoon and evening.
Wind chill will make it feel like mid-30s around Kingston and Belleville, and temperatures are expected to be in the mid-20s to low.
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Temperatures on Saturday for the weekend in Ottawa will soar to about -14 degrees Celsius during the day and stay there at night. Wind chill estimates are not yet available.
then revert to in the mild temperatures that characterize this fall and winterDaytime highs are forecast to be above 0 degrees Celsius on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
Lack of cold weather and abundant snow led to management of the Rideau Canal Skateway I doubt it can open this weekend for the start of Winterlude.
If it doesn’t open on Thursday, which seems highly unlikely, it would be the Skateway’s latest opening.