An extreme cold warning has been issued for the region and surrounding areas.
Warnings are in effect for the following communities:
- Lac La Biche Co. near Crow Lake Prov. Park
- Lac La Biche Co. near Wiau Winefred and Grist Lakes
- R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Fort MacKay and Wallace Creek
- R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Fort McMurray and Anzac
- R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Gipsy Lake and Whitemud Falls
- R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Grand Rapids Wildland Prov. Park
- R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Janvier South and Conklin
- R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Mariana Lake
- R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Stony Mtn Prov. Park and Engstrom Lake
Environment Canada says cold temperatures are expected over the weekend and into early next week. – hovering around -30.
The weather agency says people should avoid being outside as the temperature could lead to frostbite and hypothermia.
If you do need to be outside, people should be aware of having shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.