Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools cancelled school bus service for Rocky Mountain House on Monday due to extreme cold weather. (Photo from Facebook)

Extreme cold warning issued for central Alberta

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools cancels some school buses

An extreme cold warning for central Alberta was issued for Monday by Environment Canada.

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools cancelled school bus service for Rocky Mountain House due to the warning. Bus routes S-56, S-57 and S-58 were cancelled, but schools are open.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

The warning is in place for the City of Red Deer; areas of Red Deer County near Elnora, Lousana, Delburne, Penhold, Innisfail, Bowden, Pine Lake, Spruce View, Sylvan Lake, and Stephansson House; areas of Lacombe County near Clive, Alix, Mirror, Eckville, Lacombe, Blackfalds and Bentley; Ponoka County near Ponoka and Maskwacis; Stettler County near Donalda and Stettler.

In Red Deer the wind chill will reach -36 C Monday morning and -30 C in the afternoon with periods of snow ending this afternoon. The daytime high is -22 C.

Monday night the low will reach -29 C with a wind chill of -30 C in the evening and -40 overnight.

On Tuesday, the forecast calls for a high of -20 C, with a wind chill of -40 C in the morning and -29 C in the afternoon. The night will be clear with a temperature of -31 C.

Environment Canada said extreme wind chill values between minus 40 and minus 45 will continue over many parts of Alberta from the later evening hours into the mornings throughout the week.

Skies are forecast to clear Monday for many areas, especially over eastern and central regions, allowing temperatures to plummet. This will produce extreme wind chill values again for many regions by Tuesday morning.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk. Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

If it’s too cold for people to stay outside, it’s too cold for pets to stay outside.

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