Most of Alberta won’t break free from Mother Nature’s icy grip this weekend
The first week of February has been freezing cold throughout most of Alberta and much of the province isn’t expected to see any reprieve over the weekend.
A map on the Environment Canada website revealed most of Alberta was still dotted with extreme cold warnings on Friday afternoon, with the heaviest concentration of warnings still in the central and northern parts of the province.
Watch below: Some videos from Global News’ coverage of bitterly cold temperatures hitting Alberta early in February.
“A multi-day episode of very cold wind chills continues,” the weather agency said in its extreme cold warning for Edmonton and surrounding areas. “The coldest wind chill values will be between -40 and -45.
“Most of Alberta will see extreme wind chills return by Saturday morning. Southern Alberta will then warm slightly on Saturday afternoon bringing an end to the extreme cold for most areas. However, in northern and central regions, the extreme cold should persist until Monday.”
In Calgary on Saturday morning, the wind chill made it feel like -37. Wind chills were expected to remain in the -30s throughout the day, and dip into the -40s overnight and into Sunday morning.
Watch below: Calgary’s long cold snap has many dog owners skipping their usual visits to the dog park. But as Gil Tucker shows us, some of them are now keeping their canine companions occupied with indoor pooch puzzles.
Environment Canada warned Albertans to be mindful of how cold it is when you let your pets outside amid extreme winter temperatures.
“If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside,” the weather agency said on its website.
The cold temperatures can be dangerous for people as well. Environment Canada said people should be mindful of cold-related symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness and numbness or colour change in fingers and toes.
WATCH: Meteorologist Jesse Beyer has our seven-day weather forecast for the Edmonton area starting Friday, Feb. 8. Still very cold! But a little warmup in sight.
For a complete list of areas in Alberta that are under a weather alert of some kind, click here.
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