Bitter cold grips city and southern Alberta
Published Tuesday, January 29, 2013 6:30AM MST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 29, 2013 6:22PM MST
The freezing temperatures are keeping Calgarians inside and have prompted officials at Canada Olympic Park to close the facility.
Winsport officials say the hill will close at noon on Tuesday and reopen on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.
Snow and freezing temperatures made the drive in to work treacherous for many and emergency crews dealt with a number of crashes around the city.
Police say that 14 injury and 116 non-injury crashes were reported to them between midnight and 4:00 p.m. on Monday.
Crews were also called out to a crash near the Calgary Tower after a car left the road and hit a snowblower, which in turn hit a building.
Environment Canada lifted a blowing snow warning for Calgary just after 10:00 a.m. but warnings are still in effect for many communities east of the city.
Wind chills are the real danger on Tuesday as temperatures dip into the -30s and -40s in some areas.
EMS is reminding people to bundle up and have a few tips to avoid frost bite:
- Dress in layers
- Cover your face and head
- Avoid being outside for extended periods
- Stay dry
"Frost bite usually starts out as what's called frost nip actually it could be sort of red, irritated skin, but as frost bite it begins to develope deeper and usually turns white almost waxy and has a look to it just like other frozen products," said Stuart Brideaux of Calgary EMS.
About two centimetres of snow has fallen so far and another two to three are expected.
The cold front is expected to move off overnight and temperatures are expected to rise throughout the day on Wednesday.
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