Western Canada braces for extreme cold, Atlantic Canada prepares for more snow
Parts of Western Canada are bracing for extreme cold temperatures this weekend, with wind chills of -50 C expected in some areas.
Environment Canada issued extreme cold weather warnings on Saturday for the entirety of Alberta, plus parts of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
It was so cold in Calgary that one man’s plate of noodles and his eating utensils froze in mid-air. A YouTube video shows his fork frozen and seemingly levitating out of his plate.
Elsewhere in the city, according to a photo posted on social media, one man’s dog, Moshe, started “growing an icicle goatee.”
Officials say the extreme conditions pose serious health risks.
“Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin,” said the extreme cold weather warning from Environment Canada, which adds that the extreme cold could last until Monday morning in some regions.
It added that “if it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.”
Alberta energy giant Enmax is warning Albertans that the February cold snap has pushed energy consumption up by more than 22,000 megawatts compared to the same month last year, which will mean higher energy bills.
Meanwhile, Atlantic Canada is preparing for yet another wintry blast this weekend.
Parts of western Nova Scotia could be blanketed by up to 40 cm of snow, according to Environment Canada.
Strong wind gusts of 40 to 60 km/h are also forecasted, threatening to reduce visibility and to make road conditions treacherous.
If that wasn’t enough, another snowstorm is expected to move through the area on Monday.