It's a good test for your vehicle's block heater this morning, as the wind chill dipped to - 32 overnight. Even if you have a remote car starter, it's a good idea to dress for conditions, as the health unit says exposed skin can freeze within 10 minutes.

The overnight low is expected to hit - 36 with the wind chill, so a warm blanket and food wood be a good idea, if you have to travel tonight. The forecast is predicting relief from the cold on Thursday, when Environment Canada predicts a low of - 1 during the day.

According to CAA, your emergency kit should include:

  • Flashlight (preferably crank-type, because batteries don’t last long in extreme cold)
  • Reflective safety triangles or flares
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Snow brush and scraper
  • Traction aids
  • Small shovel with long handle
  • Bag of abrasive material: sand, kitty litter (avoid road salt, which can cause your vehicle to rust)
  • Plenty of windshield washer fluid
  • Booster cables
  • Gas-line antifreeze
  • Lock de-icer (in extreme cold, keep it with you, rather than in your vehicle!)
  • Paper towels Small tool kit (screwdriver, pliers, etc.)
  • Extra fuses (for the vehicle’s electrical system)
  • Warm blanket
  • Extra socks, boots and gloves
  • Hand and foot warmers
  • Bottles of water
  • Granola bars

For more information:

Five-day forecast

CAA - Emergency kit

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