Brrrr … Maple Creek has been shivering in Arctic temperatures this week that have plunged as low as minus-36. With the wind chill factor, it has felt much colder.
It has been a time for keeping indoors if possible, plugging in your car overnight and wrapping up in gloves, toques, scarves and hoods.
“Bundle up and stay safe,” said Michelle McKenzie, the Mayor of Maple Creek, on Monday. “Avoid any unnecessary travel.”
She also sent out a reminder to pet owners: “If it’s cold for people, it’s cold for pets.”
McKenzie urged everyone to remain positive. It will only be a few weeks before March and the advent of spring, she said.
The big freeze has been blamed on the prominent lobe of a polar vortex that has settled over Western Canada, producing the coldest temperatures in years. Some weather stations reported record-breaking cold.