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Extreme Cold Prompts Emergency Alert In Alberta


It's been so cold over the Prairie Provinces that an emergency alert was triggered to alert Alberta citizens that "rotating power outages" will be possible this evening.


In a post, the Alberta Electrical System Operator (AESO) said:


Albertans are asked to immediately reduce their electricity use to minimize the potential for rotating outages across the province. See our media release: Albertans Asked to Conserve Power to Minimize Potential for Rotating Outages. - AESO


Below are the active Extreme Cold Warnings across the Prairies:

Extreme Cold Warnings

3:36 PM MST Saturday 13 January 2024


A long period of extremely cold temperatures and wind chills continues. By Sunday morning, temperatures are expected to range from minus 40 to minus 50 degrees Celsius, with wind chill values near minus 55. Wind chills could even be a bit colder in open and exposed areas. Patches of dense ice fog are forecast to develop this evening, especially near communities, and could last until Sunday afternoon. Temperatures and wind chills are forecast to warm up somewhat, starting on Monday. Extreme cold puts everyone at risk. Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes. Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant. Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill. If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside. Watch for colour changes on fingers and toes, pain, numbness, a tingling sensation, or swelling. If present, move indoors and begin warming. Keep moving to maintain your body heat and seek shelter from the wind. Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks to warm up. Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ABstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ABStorm.


 

Below is a weather summary issued by ECCC for Alberta:


Weather summary
for Alberta
issued by Environment Canada
at 3:01 p.m. MST Saturday 13 January 2024.

Discussion.

A blast of cold arctic air brought very low overnight temperatures 
to portions of Alberta beginning on Thursday. 

The following areas have set a daily minimum temperature record on 
Friday January 12, 2024 (temperature values given in degrees 
Celsius): 

Banff Area 
New record of -39.8 
Old record of -39.4 set in 1916 
Records in this area have been kept since 1887 

Bow Valley (Provincial Park) Area 
New record of -45.3 
Old record of -38.9 set in 1950 
Records in this area have been kept since 1928 

Breton Area 
New record of -42.3 
Old record of -34.5 set in 1970 
Records in this area have been kept since 1939 

Camrose Area 
New record of -42.5 
Old record of -41.0 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1921 

Cardston Area 
New record of -39.7 
Old record of -34.2 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1918 

Claresholm Area 
New record of -39.3 
Old record of -33.7 set in 1997 
Records in this area have been kept since 1951 

Cold Lake Area 
New record of -42.1 
Old record of -41.1 set in 1971 
Records in this area have been kept since 1952 

Coronation Area 
New record of -42.7 
Old record of -40.1 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1912 

Crowsnest Area 
New record of -39.9 
Old record of -37.9 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1965 

Drumheller Area 
New record of -40.5 
Old record of -39.4 set in 1974 
Records in this area have been kept since 1923 

Edmonton (Int'l Aprt) Area 
New record of -45.9 
Old record of -39.4 set in 1969 
Records in this area have been kept since 1959 

Edson Area 
New record of -42.7 
Old record of -38.3 set in 1969 
Records in this area have been kept since 1916 

Elk Island (National Park) Area 
New record of -41.0 
Old record of -36.5 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1966 

Esther Area 
New record of -40.2 
Old record of -37.0 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1985 

Fort Chipewyan Area 
New record of -45.9 
Old record of -43.5 set in 1994 
Records in this area have been kept since 1883 

Grande Prairie Area 
New record of -42.5 
Old record of -41.0 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1922 

Hendrickson Creek Area 
New record of -46.1 
Old record of -40.0 set in 2005 
Records in this area have been kept since 1995 

High River Area 
New record of -40.2 
Old record of -35.0 set in 1997 
Records in this area have been kept since 1913 

Highvale Area 
New record of -42.6 
Old record of -37.0 set in 1980 
Records in this area have been kept since 1977 

Jasper Area 
New record of -41.6 
Old record of -41.1 set in 1916 
Records in this area have been kept since 1916 

Lloydminster Area 
New record of -39.5 
Old record of -37.2 set in 1974 
Records in this area have been kept since 1952 

Milk River Area 
New record of -42.5 
Old record of -35.7 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1994 

Nordegg Area 
New record of -45.8 
Old record of -40.0 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1915 

Onefour Area 
New record of -37.7 
Old record of -35.0 set in 1997 
Records in this area have been kept since 1928 

Pincher Creek Area 
New record of -40.8 
Old record of -37.2 set in 1971 
Records in this area have been kept since 1893 

Red Earth Creek Area 
New record of -42.9 
Old record of -40.0 set in 2018 
Records in this area have been kept since 1994 

Rocky Mountain House Area 
New record of -43.1 
Old record of -40.0 set in 1935 
Records in this area have been kept since 1915 

Slave Lake Area 
New record of -39.3 
Old record of -38.9 set in 1971 
Records in this area have been kept since 1922 

Stavely Area 
New record of -39.1 
Old record of -35.6 set in 1916 
Records in this area have been kept since 1914 

Stettler Area 
New record of -41.8 
Old record of -37.5 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1918 

Stony Plain Area 
New record of -40.3 
Old record of -35.6 set in 1971 
Records in this area have been kept since 1966 

Strathmore Area 
New record of -36.8 
Old record of -36.7 set in 1916 
Records in this area have been kept since 1912 

Sundre Area 
New record of -44.8 
Old record of -40.3 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1993 

Taber Area 
New record of -39.3 
Old record of -37.0 set in 1997 
Records in this area have been kept since 1947 

Three Hills Area 
New record of -42.3 
Old record of -37.2 set in 1950 
Records in this area have been kept since 1921 

Vegreville Area 
New record of -42.9 
Old record of -42.8 set in 1971 
Records in this area have been kept since 1918 

Wainwright Area 
New record of -42.0 
Old record of -37.8 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1966 

Waterton Park Area 
New record of -43.6 
Old record of -38.1 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1976 

Note: the temperature records reported here have been derived from a 
selection of historical stations in each geographic area that were 
active during the period of record. 

The following areas set a daily minimum temperature record on 
Thursday January 11, 2024 (temperature values given in degrees 
Celsius): 

Breton Area 
New record of -37.6 
Old record of -37.3 set in 1968 
Records in this area have been kept since 1939 

Hendrickson Creek Area 
New record of -46.0 
Old record of -39.2 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1995 

Red Earth Creek Area 
New record of -41.6 
Old record of -37.9 set in 1998 
Records in this area have been kept since 1994 

Note: the temperature records reported here have been derived from a 
selection of historical stations in each geographic area that were 
active during the period of record.

Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial 
information and does not constitute a complete or final report.

End/PASPC
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