The coldest winter months are ahead for the Grande Prairie area, meaning everyone should take precautions to protect themselves and stay warm.
Environment Canada Meteorologist Alyssa Peterson says that there are three key cold injuries to be wary of.
“Hypothermia, Frostbite, or Frostnip are the big ones. You’re going to want to make sure that if it’s a calm day to wear appropriate clothing, try to cover up exposed skin if you can,” she says.
Days when we have high amounts of wind chill, we need to be even more careful, Peterson says.
“It’s more important to make sure we have dressed appropriately and all exposed skin must be covered,” she explains. “On those days, you want to make sure you’re spending as little time as possible outside.”
Temperatures will drop to -26 on Friday and Saturday, with a low of -33 on Monday. Extreme cold warnings are issued when the temperature or wind chill is expected to reach -40 for at least two hours. The Alberta Motor Association says cars should be plugged in when the temperature drops below the -15 mark.
Additionally, if it is too cold for you outside, you should take the same precautions with your dog and or pets.