Extreme Cold Warning as wind chill values expected to plunge to minus 30

Arctic air will begin to retreat by mid-week

Bundle up is an understatement.

While the snow squalls across the region have been localized, there will be no escaping the frigid temperatures.

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning from Muskoka to the northern fringes of York Region, as bitterly cold Arctic air combined with light winds will bring extremely cold wind chills overnight.

“This is the coldest air so far this season,” Environment Canada said in its weather warning. “Wind chills will improve Tuesday morning after sunrise.”

Forecasters say wind chill values will be near minus 30 but could dip to minus 35 in Muskoka.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

“Extreme cold puts everyone at risk. Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter,” read the statement.

“Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.”

The frigid air won’t have much shelf life.

Overnight lows Wednesday into the weekend will be in the minus 12 to minus 14 range, which is bang-on normal for this time of year.