Extreme cold warnings have been issued for the entire Beaufort Delta and are expected to remain in place until the weekend.
Wind chills are expected to plummet to a minimum of -50 overnight and continue until Friday morning. Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour and Ulukhaktok can expect wind chills as low as -65C coming off the Beaufort Sea.
Environment Canada reports that the cold air front is expected to move southward overnight but will likely linger for a few days and potentially into the weekend for some communities. The notice reminds people to keep skin covered if outdoors as frostbite can develop within minutes.
It goes on to advise anyone going outside to make use of layers of clothing to help reduce the wind’s bite and prevent freezing.
The following communities are under the extreme cold warning:
- Sachs Harbour
- Fort McPherson
- Colville Lake
- Lutsel K’e Region
- Yellowknife region