Indoor Golf 620

Neil Rooke has a golf trip planned in a couple weeks. In the meantime, he's hitting the links indoors. (CBC News)

Windsor-Essex residents are finding plenty of ways to stay warm during the current snap.

The polar vortex is back, sending temperatures well below freezing. Highs of -12 C and -11 C are predicted for Wednesday and Thursday.

But friends Neil Rooke and Richard Benneian are hitting the links.

The two were shooting a round of virtual golf Tuesday afternoon at On the Green Indoor Golf.

"It’s the next closest thing we can have to the real thing right now," Rooke said. "

The two will be part of golf trip to Nevada in a couple weeks. In the meantime, they're playing indoors.

"We get in our golf, even in the winter," Rooke said.

"It allows us to hit some balls once a week and keeps the swing going until the season comes back," Benneian said.

He called the virtual course "pretty realistic."

"They make you think you’re outdoors playing the course," Benneian said.

In LaSalle, Jack Kachlar was walking indoors at the Vollmer Centre.

"It’s part of my daily routine. Most days, I like walking up and down the trails on Malden Road. It’s too cold to walk outside. That’s why I’m in here," Kachlar said. "I feel better when I walk outside and get some fresh air. By Saturday, I should be back outside."

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has issued a cold weather alert for Windsor-Essex County.

It will be in effect until Saturday, when daytime temperatures are predicted to warm up.

It's supposed to be -6 C Saturday.

Until then, Meagan Cvetkobski will keep her son inside.

She brought him to MonkeyTown, an indoor playground, on Tuesday.

"The kids don’t have to bundle up. It’s much easier," she said. "It’s just way too cold to be playing outside in the cold."