For the first time this winter, Saskatchewan is in an extreme cold snap.
Temperatures in Saskatchewan range in the -25° C to -30°C range, with extreme windchills in effect on top of the cold temperatures.
Mike McDonald, Meteorologist with environment Canada, says this cold snap has traveled from quite a distance, and is covering a large stretch of the prairies.
“What we’ve had is an air mass that originated up in Siberia maybe a week or two ago and it has now filtered south-ward into the Canadian prairies,” McDonald say. “We’re not alone with this cold air. This very cold air mass stretches all the way from Western Alberta right on through Ontario.”
While frost bite to humans is a major risk in this weather, McDonald says live stock are also at risk.
“Certainly if they are exposed to the elements for any length of time, they too can suffer frost bite with any exposed skin,” McDonald. “Ears, nose areas, the hooves can certainly freeze up just like it can on our human skins. If you can, get them into sheltered areas in the next few days, that would certainly help out.”
Temperatures are not expected to warm up until in the new year, and McDonald says the coldest days are yet to come.
Friday and Saturday are expected to be -30°C and -29°C respectively, not factoring in the windchill.