Cold weather hits Canada and US, prompts schools closures
A wave of very cold weather has hit Prairies, Eastern Canada, and Maritime provinces with wind chill warnings reaching as low as -50°C. It is expected the weather will improve by early weekend time.
From the Prairies to the Maritimes, Canadians faced another day of bitter cold, with a wind chill blast making it feel like –30 to –50 in some regions.
The Arctic air mass sparked wind chill warnings in parts of southeastern Saskatchewan, southern Manitoba, northern Ontario, Quebec, northern Nova Scotia and P.E.I.
On Thursday Prince Edward Island became ensnared in the cold snap. A day earlier, temperatures hovered around a relatively balmy 2 C, but had plunged to –20 C by Thursday morning, with the wind chill making it feel like –28.
Environment Canada issued a wind chill warning for the area, with the wind expected to make temperatures feel like –40 later in the day.
Parts of southern Saskatchewan, which had the dubious honour of recording some of the lowest temperatures across the country in the morning, were also under wind chill warnings. In Regina, the temperature dropped to –34 C, with the wind chill making it feel like –47.
Warnings were also issued in Winnipeg, which started off a bit warmer than the day before, with the wind chill making it feel like –43, a tad higher than the –50 wind chill on Wednesday morning.
No warnings were in effect for Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal, though the wind chill made it feel like –23, –33 and –31 respectively.
But wind chills in the –45 to –50 range Thursday morning led to warnings in parts of northern Ontario and central, northern and eastern Quebec.
Warnings were also issued for Fredericton and Charlottetown, where wind chill values were expected to dip below –35 and –38 respectively.
Meanwhile, the cold will persist throughout the U.S. over the weekend. The chilly weather will reach as far as the Gulf of Mexico.
Washington, D.C., is set to experience cold weather on January 20th, the day of Barack Obama's inauguration.
Frigid air gripped cities from the Canadian border to Florida on Wednesday, with some cities posting record lows.
The coldest air of the season will sweep down through the Upper Midwest and settle over the East and South -- reaching as far at the Gulf of Mexico -- in the next two days, he said.
The frigid conditions will last through the weekend, with cold weather in store for the presidential inauguration in Washington on Tuesday, Orrison said. The Midwest is expected to warm up later Sunday.
The weather has prompted school closures in the U.S.
Many districts have yet to make decisions about school closures. Some schools are delaying classes.
Schools have been closed down in the following districts:
St. Clair County
Alexandria, Delano, Elk River, Faribault and Stillwater in Minnesota
Cuyahoga, Medina, Summit, Tuscarawas districts in Cleveland, Ohio
Please, add to this list as information becomes available.
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