Extreme cold warning issued for Saskatoon for -40 wind chills Wednesday

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WATCH ABOVE: Skin can freeze in minutes Wednesday morning with wind chills between -40 and -50 as the polar vortex moves back into Saskatoon's weather forecast – Jan 10, 2017

Skin can freeze in minutes tomorrow with wind chills between -40 and -50 as the polar vortex moves back in.

Extreme Cold Warning

Extreme cold warning issued for Saskatoon, central and southern Saskatchewan for wind chills of -40 or colder into Wednesday, January 10, 2017. SkyTracker Weather

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the city of Saskatoon and all of central and southern Saskatchewan for a period of very cold wind chills expected.

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An arctic high pressure ridge will bring cold temperatures near -30 Tuesday night, which, combined with winds of 10 to 15 km/h, will produce extreme wind chills of -40 or colder.

These extreme cold conditions are expected to modify over Saskatchewan Wednesday morning.

Extreme cold warning are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

Skin can freeze in a matter of minutes at extreme wind chill values. SkyTracker Weather

More extreme cold conditions are likely on Thursday morning.

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Saskatoon Forecast


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Light snow tapered off around 5 a.m. CT and clouds cleared shortly after, earlier than anticipated, so temperatures quickly fell back to -31 by 9 a.m. with wind chill values making it feel like -43 to start.

After a few fog patches, sunshine returned to the city into the early afternoon with the mercury rising up to -26 by noon.

A few more clouds moved in later in the day with some light snow as temperatures pushed up further into the -20s.

Tuesday Night

Those clouds cleared out in the evening as an arctic high pushed in south of the region, helping cool temperatures into the mid -30s.


Mid -40s is what it’ll feel like with wind chill Wednesday morning under mostly clear skies, meaning your skin can freeze in a matter of minutes, so be sure to bundle up as you head out.

A low pressure system will push in tomorrow and build in the clouds and a chance of flurries in the afternoon and early evening.

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Some light snow is in the forecast for Saskatoon on Wednesday as a low pressure system pushes in. SkyTracker Weather

Saskatoon is expected to briefly tap into some warm air associated with the system that’ll be mixed down by southwesterly winds at sustained speeds into the 30 km/h range with gusts upwards of 50 to 60 km/h at times.

Winds will gust upwards of 50 to 60 km/h Wednesday afternoon into the evening. SkyTracker Weather

Temperatures should top out in the mid-minus teens in the afternoon, but it’ll feel like the mid -20s with the wind chill during the afternoon thanks to the strong winds.

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Then behind the system we’ll cool quickly in the evening as a cold front sweeps through, dropping us back into extreme cold warning criteria overnight.

The polar vortex pushes in Wednesday into Thursday, further fuelling the cool down. SkyTracker Weather


Extreme cold will have returned by Thursday morning with temperatures back in the mid -30s and wind chills in the -40 to -50 range once again to start.

Mostly sunny skies will stick around through the day with an afternoon high in the mid -20s expected, but it’ll feel like the -30s all day with wind chill.

Temperatures stay cool on Thursday with morning lows in the -30s for the 3rd day in a row. SkyTracker Weather

Warmer air starts to push in on Friday under mostly sunny skies with an afternoon high returning back into the mid-minus teens.

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Weekend Outlook

The warming continues this weekend with an upper ridge of high pressure helping to displace the arctic air.

A big warm up is on the way for the weekend into the 3rd week of January. SkyTracker Weather

Partly to mostly sunny skies are expected with an afternoon high pushing up close to minus single digit territory on Saturday and then moving into mid-minus single digits to end off the weekend on Sunday before pushing up toward the freezing mark early next week.

Jan. 10: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Hamilton Greenwood at Prince Albert National Park. Hamilton Greenwood / Supplied

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