“The wind will calm down, the snow will stop,” she said. âIt’s going to be a lot colder at the end of the days. The temperatures are going to be rather cold. “
Temperatures in La Ronge reached -2 ââC on Monday with an overnight low falling to -3 C. It is expected to be -3 C Tuesday during the day with a low of -9 C during the night. Wednesday will be colder with a forecast of -7 C during the day and -13 C at night.
With winter conditions now in the area, La Ronge Regional Fire Department Chief Keaton Cloud is advising motorists to slow down and adjust their driving techniques. He advises the public to buy winter tires and keep an emergency kit handy with items such as blankets, hand warmers, tow straps, a folding shovel and anything else that might be deemed necessary for the conditions.
During the winter months, he mentioned that common calls are for chimney fires and structural fires due to unattended heat sources. There are also more motor vehicle collisions due to bad weather and poor road conditions.
âIn general it’s slower, however, the last two winters we’ve been as busy as the summer months,â Cloud said. âHomeowners should make sure their chimney has been cleaned if they haven’t already. It is also important to make sure that furnace exhaust is kept away from animal nests making shelters for the winter and, in the last months of winter, people should keep these exhaust vents free of. ice and snow.
If homeowners have a fire hydrant located in their backyard, Cloud is also asking residents to help city departments by keeping them in spades so that it is easy for firefighters to spot them.