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Extreme cold coming to York Region
Feb. 12, 2015
BY Chris Simon

Find a way to keep warm tonight, because it's about to get very cold outside.

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for most of southern and central Ontario, including York Region. A strong cold front is expected to drop temperatures to -30 to -35 C, including wind chill, overnight and into Friday morning.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill create an elevated risk to health, such as frostbite and hypothermia.

Environment Canada and York Region have each issued tips for reducing exposure and avoiding adverse health effects.

Hypothermia, or low body temperature, is the most serious cold-weather injury and can lead to brain damage or death. It affects the ability to think clearly or move well.

If you see someone suffering from hypothermia or extreme frostbite, call 911 immediately.

There are several local services that will offer aid to homeless or at-risk residents during cold weather. Inn From the Cold (905-895-8889) and Mosaic Interfaith Out of the Cold program (416-948-6682) provide overnight shelter, while Blue Door (905-898-1015) and Sutton Youth (905-722-9076) shelters can offer emergency housing. The York Region Street Outreach Van (1-866-553-4053) also provides mobile support.

Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required on the agency's weather website.

Email reports of severe weather to or tweet using the hashtag #ONStorm.