Biting cold conditions are expected in Waterloo Region this weekend, followed by snow on Monday

WATERLOO REGION — If you’re planning any outdoor adventures this weekend, be sure to bundle up.

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s forecast called for temperatures in Kitchener and Waterloo to drop to minus 21 on Friday evening, with a wind chill of minus 32.

Daytime temperatures will not rise much on Saturday. With a high of minus 14, the additional wind chill will make it feel like minus 29 in the morning and minus 22 in the afternoon.

“It’s going to be very cold,” said meteorologist Gerald Cheng. “Be aware of exposed skin, because there is this risk of frostbite.”

An extreme cold warning for Waterloo Region and surrounding areas was issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada on Friday morning.

In response, the Region of Waterloo opened special weekend warming centers during the day on Saturday. The Region of Waterloo headquarters at 150 Frederick Street in Kitchener will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the regional building at 150 Main Street in Cambridge will be open from 9 a.m. to noon.

Although public libraries are not on the list of official warming centers in the region, many branches will be open to the public with 50% capacity limits under the second stage of Ontario’s reopening plan .

On Sunday, the sun is expected, warming the day to minus seven.

Cheng said the region could see around 10cm of snow by Monday morning, although that could still change as the system gets closer.

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