This latest cold snap are causing many residents to bundle up.
Environment Canada forecasts temperatures plunging to around -40 with the windchill, significantly increasing the risk of contracting hypothermia and frostbite.
- Extreme windchills to plague Saskatchewan for a couple of days
- Regina ERs busy with broken bones and other injuries following freezing rain
Executive Director of Emergency and EMF at the Saskatchewan Health Authority Glenn Purchie says if you don’t cover up, the symptoms are nasty.
“Numbness, discolouration, it’s really pale,” says Purchie. “Once you finally get it warmed up, it becomes very red, painful, swollen. We find there’s a lack of circulation, it can be very serious if it gets to that point.”
Purchie says if you plan on going out, dress appropriately. Wear warm boots, gloves and a heavy, protective winter coat in order to cover all skin and maintain a healthy body temperature.