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Cold weather blasting through Thursday and Friday nights; blowing snow hazardous on roads

Prince Edward OPP this afternoon reported blowing snow at Mountain View was causing traffic hazards.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is issuing a cold weather health warning to remind residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties to take precautions as the temperature drops.

Environment Canada is forecasting wind chill values between -35°C to -40°C tonight and into tomorrow morning and again Friday night into Saturday morning.

It has also issued a snow squall watch for a brief period Thursday night with 2-5 cm in an hour or two and wind gusts 50 – 70 km/h).

Prince Edward OPP this afternoon reported blowing snow at Mountain View was causing traffic hazards.

Those in need of shelter during the cold weather can access warming centres in:
Prince Edward County: Individuals can contact Prince Edward Lennox and Addington Social Services at 613-353-0957 during business hours to get support in Picton or the Salvation Army at 613.476.3159 to arrange accommodations.

Belleville: Former police station at the corner of S. John Street and Dundas Street E, open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Trenton: 85 Dundas St. E, open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Windburn occurs when the cold wind removes the top layer of oil from the skin causing excessive dryness, redness, soreness and/or itchiness. Windburn can be treated with protective skin care products and lip balm. Do not rub or scratch the skin.

Frostbite occurs during cold weather when blood flow is severely restricted, resulting in poor circulation to the extremities causing numbness, white/greyish skin and/or skin that feels unusually firm or waxy. Frostbite can be treated by warming the body with blankets or body heat, or immersing the body in cool water and slowly increasing the water temperature. Do not rub or massage the skin.

Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drops. There are three stages of hypothermia:
Stage 1: Shivering and numbness, quick shallow breathing, tiredness and possible nausea.
Stage 2: Strong shivering, muscles uncoordinated and movements are slow and laboured. Mild confusion, paleness and blue skin in extremities possible.
Stage 3: No shivering, trouble thinking clearly, talking and walking, irrational behaviour. Heart may beat fast, but breathing slow. Risk of dying.

Severe cases of hypothermia (Stage 2 and 3) require immediate medical attention. Call 911. For Stage 1 and while waiting for help in Stages 2 and 3: keep warm and dry, keep muscles moving, drink warm sweet liquids, and allow shivering.

Protect yourself from extreme cold with the following tips:
Whenever possible, wear clothing that will protect you from the cold including warm socks, gloves, hat and scarf;
Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer;
Keep moving (especially hands and feet) to keep blood flowing and maintain body heat;
Avoid alcohol before going out in the cold (it can confuse your body into thinking you are not as cold as you are);

 

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  1. Chuck says:

    I came upon the jacknifed 18 wheeler at Mountain View right after. A little snow but no issue for any experienced driver.

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