Arctic Chill Set to Freeze Fernie

Fernie residents have enjoyed a relatively mild winter so far, but it’s time to brace for the arrival of an Arctic chill set to freeze Fernie. Our luck in avoiding extreme cold weather has run out, and starting tonight, January 10, the mercury is set to plummet.

Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning for Fernie, the Elk Valley and areas of the East Kootenay.

“A period of very cold wind chills is expected from today (Jan. 11) through to the weekend. Bitterly cold wind chill values from minus 35 to minus 40,” Environment Canada stated.

“An extremely cold arctic ridge lies over B.C. Temperatures between minus 25 to minus 35 Celsius in combination with periodic winds of 20 to 30 km/h is giving dangerous windchill values of minus 35 or lower.

“These wind chill values are expected to moderate by the end of the weekend.”

This bone-chilling weather is attributed to an intense Arctic ridge strengthening over British Columbia, coupled with northeasterly winds gusting at speeds of up to 40 km/h, leading to the extreme wind chill values reported by Environment Canada.

While everyone should take precautions during this extreme cold, it’s essential to be especially vigilant for young children, older adults, individuals with chronic illnesses, those working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. Cold-related symptoms to watch for include shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness, and changes in the color of fingers and toes. Fernie residents are encouraged to check on older family members, friends, and neighbors to ensure their well-being.

This cold snap is expected to persist until Tuesday, January 16, before temperatures gradually become more moderate.

As Fernie faces this unusual and severe cold spell, residents are urged to take all necessary precautions to stay warm, safe, and comfortable during this period of exceptionally low temperatures.

See the weather forecast here.

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