A new calf keeps close to his mom to stay warm.

Frost bite warning given due to wind chill

For anyone working outside in this cold snap, extra layers and insulated boots are a necessity

The arrival of an Arctic front this week has brought back bright sunshine, but dropped the temperature down to where there is a risk of frostbite.

The forecast for the week through Friday is for temperatures in the Barriere area to be below minus -10°C in the daytime, and dropping down to minus -19°C at night.

Unfortunately, the forecast at press time warned that a windchill of minus -25°C was expected on Wednesday, and possibly into Thursday.

The cold snap has created problems for a number of area residents who are finding water pipes frozen, and in some instances water pumps cracked due to freezing up.

Livestock producers in the area stay diligent about keeping waterholes available to stock, and making sure that water trough heaters are functioning.

For those producers already into early calving, the cold means care must be taken that newborn calves are not chilled, and that adequate straw or hay is available for the youngsters to bed down in.

For anyone working outside in this cold snap, extra layers and insulated boots are a necessity.

In the meantime, residents are hoping for a return to slightly milder temperatures and no wind.


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