Brace yourself for really cold weather. The first significant arctic blast of the season will be on BC’s south coast tomorrow. Significantly below seasonal temperatures are in store, with day temperatures dipping to -10 C.
Environment Canada urges people to prepare their homes and vehicles, including an emergency kit with warm clothing and blankets. Drivers throughout the province are being urged to be prepared for changing road conditions and avoid unnecessary travel if conditions are bad.
People who use the backcountry for recreational activities are urged to be mindful of conditions and use extreme caution in mountainous terrain. Visit the Avalanche Canada website or mobile app to get the latest avalanche forecasts and learn more about staying safe from avalanches.
Tips and resources on preparing for the weather
Wear winter gear: Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Dressing in layers with a wind- and water-resistant outer layer provides flexibility for changing conditions. Cover as much exposed skin as possible to avoid frostbite by wearing hats, scarves and gloves. Stay dry and change out of wet clothing as soon as possible.
Be prepared for power outages: Severe weather can cause power outages. Be prepared for up to one week by developing a household emergency plan and assembling an emergency kit. If you encounter a downed or damaged power line, assume it is live and a danger. Stay back at least 10 metres (bus length) and call 911 immediately to report it.
Winterize your home: Now is a good time to winterize your home by insulating walls and attics, weather-stripping doors and windows, clearing rain gutters and removing tree branches that could fall during windstorms.