Environment Canada says Red Deer will reach a high of -33 C, but there will be a -48 C wind chill this morning, improving to -39 C in the afternoon. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)

Red Deer still one of the coldest places on Earth

-48 C wind chill Wednesday morning

Central Albertans shouldn’t expect any respite from the extreme weather.

The low for Red Deer Wednesday night was expected to be -38 C, with the temperature rising to -32 by Thursday morning.

Red Deer woke to a temperature of -43 C on Wednesday and it remains one of the coldest places on Earth.

Rural school jurisdictions in central Alberta will kept their school buses off the road, although most schools are operating.

Red Deer continues to make an online extreme weather list.

Extreme cold conditions are expected to last through the week, which puts everyone at risk.

People should watch for cold-related symptoms that include shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

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

Extreme cold across the province has resulted in six times the usual volume of calls to the Alberta Motor Association, which has received more than 30,700 roadside assistance requests since Sunday.

“People’s safety is our top priority,” says Brandon Klassen, a manager with AMA Automotive Services.

“We’re prioritizing calls to ensure people in emergency situations receive help as quickly as possible and thank Albertans for their understanding as we work around the clock to reach those in need. It’s absolutely all hands on deck over here.”


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School bus cancellations included all Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools operating in Red Deer County for its schools in Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake, Olds, Innisfail and Rocky Mountain House. However, those schools remained open Wednesday.

All buses for Wolf Creek Public Schools were cancelled and schools were closed. High schools remained open only for students writing diploma exams.

Buses did not run for Chinook’s Edge School Division, but schools were open and classes were being held.

Wild Rose School Division buses did not run, but schools were open for those students able to be transported safely on their own.

Buses for Clearview Public Schools were not running, but schools were expected to be open. If schools are not operating, the superintendent or an official will make an announcement.

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