UPDATE: Bitter cold takes hold of GTA

Wind chill warnings, extreme cold weather alert issued

The GTA is in the grips of a deep freeze.

Environment Canada had issued wind chill warnings for the city of Toronto,Mississauga, Brampton, Burlington, Oakville, Durham Region, Georgina, Markham, Oshawa, Pickering, Richmond Hill and Vaughan early Thursday.

However, just before 11 a.m. on Friday, the wind chill warning was cancelled for Toronto, York, Peel and Halton regions. Wind chill warnings remained in effect for Pickering, Oshawa and Southern Durham region.

The agency says a ridge of pressure continues is expected to generate overnight lows of between -20 and -30. Those wind chill values were in place for many locals on Thursday morning and are expected to remain in place overnight and may still be in place on Friday morning for some areas.

Environment Canada is asking people to bundle up when heading outside and cover as much exposed skin as possible.

Meanwhile, the city has issued a cold weather alert for Toronto. The call is typically made by city officials when the mercury is expected to dip below -15 Celsius without the wind chill. Environment Canada is forecasting an overnight low of -16 in Toronto and feeling colder.

The alert opens up extra beds in Toronto’s shelters and mobilizes teams to help get the city’s homeless off the streets for the night.

If you see someone who needs help in the frigid cold, call 311.

Forecasters expect bone-chilling trend to continue into Friday with a warm up for the weekend.

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  1. john posted on 01/02/2014 10:29 AM
    now thay tell us .
  2. DW posted on 01/03/2014 12:33 PM
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    Yeah, Ford Nation is expecting you get something for doing or paying nothing!!! Now can we have our subway? On can we get we get the province to pay for our subway and our broken trees and our hydro lines!!!
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 01/03/2014 01:12 PM
      @DW I think you've posted your hated spew in the wrong section, buddy.
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