If you thought the past couple of weeks were cold, mother nature is doubled over with gales of laughter, as the chilliest transition to a new year yet may be in store.
"This cold arctic air that continues to get pumped down southeastern Saskatchewan will make for the coldest temperatures of the year, at least, that's what we're forecasting," said Environment Canada's Warning Preparedness Meteorologist John Paul Cragg. Windchills of -50 are in the queue for Friday night and all day Saturday.
"It's going to be very, very cold. With these temperatures, the -39 that we're forecasting Friday night and the high of -28 Saturday, both could get close to or beat the records for the coldest overnight low and the coldest daytime high for December 30th."
He noted that the predicted windchills could result in frostbite on any exposed skin within 2-5 minutes.
"It's very important that if you spend any time outside, you're covering as much skin as possible and, if able to do so, it's better to stay inside and avoid these extreme conditions that will be developing."
"We're talking about windchills that are not common. This is colder than what people normally expect for the winter, and windchills of -50 are very dangerous so it's important to take precautions," Cragg added.
Of course, mother nature just had to choose the long weekend when everyone is travelling, and so Cragg advised folks to ensure that they have an emergency kit in their vehicle and to leave a travel itinerary.