Is it cold enough for ya? That’s the question everyone is asking today and the answer is a huge “yes” as the Ottawa Valley remains under an Extreme Cold Warning. When you woke up this morning the windchill made it feel colder than minus-40 and there’s more to come. Environment Canada is warning people to bundle up if you must go outside and to be extra wary of frostbite … which can strike very quickly in this cold weather. And cold it is today’s high will hover around minus-22 and tonight that’ll dip to minus-27 tonight. Tomorrow will be a high of 21-below and Saturday night … get this … we’ll hit minus-32! But then on Sunday … the mercury will climb and it’s expected to be more seasonal for the whole week. Until then though … stay inside … and stay warm.
The Renfrew County and Lanark County health units want people to be prepared for this frigid cold snap. And safety is always the first priority. Cold weather can cause very serious health conditions and even death and unprotected skin can freeze in as little as 10 to 30 minutes and the risk of developing hypothermia is high. During very cold weather, everyone is at risk; however the elderly … infants and children … people taking certain prescription medications … and people with preexisting health conditions are in greater danger. During these cold temperatures, the Health Unit strongly encourages the public to check on family members … neighbours … or friends who may be at greater risk of suffering cold weather related injuries. And make sure to bring your pets inside. Only venture outside if you must and dress appropriately. Your life may depend on it.
The Lanark County OPP are hoping the public can help them to find whoever is responsible for a theft on Industrial Avenue in Carleton Place just before Christmas. Sometime between Saturday, December 16th and the 23rd someone went to the business property and stole a quantity of metal. Video footage shows two GMC pickup trucks used in the crime one is white with a metal cage in the back and the other is dark with a white tailgate. If you have any information … please call police … or Crime Stoppers.
There are three blood donor clinics across the Ottawa Valley next week and you can give the Gift of Life. The first is Tuesday at Garrison Petawawa from 1 to 4 p.m., and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Then on Wednesday, there is a clinic at the Nick Smith Centre in Arnprior from 1:30 to 4 o’clock and from 5 to 7:30. And on Friday at St James Anglican Church in Carleton Place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
It will be Canada and Sweden in tonight’s gold medal game at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo. Team Canada dominated the Czech Republic last night coming up with a big 7-2 win behind a hat-trick from Ottawa Senators prospect Drake Batherson. The Canadians will meet the Swedes who dumped the host Americans 4-2 yesterday. Game time for tonight’s championship game is 7 o’clock while the USA and the Czechs play for bronze this afternoon.
AND … The CCHL schedule gets back into full swing this weekend … following the Christmas break. Tonight … the Pembroke Lumber Kings are on the road in Brockville to face the Braves … and on Saturday … the league’s top two teams meet in Ottawa … as the Carleton Place Canadians battle the Jr Senators. On Sunday … the Canadians are back on the ice … hosting Brockville at 3 o’clock … while Pembroke is at home to Smiths Falls on Sunday night. Game time at the PMC is 7:30.