Blizzard hits Nunavut’s southern Kivalliq region

A video shot in Arviat, Nunavut shows a severe storm blowing in, which Environment Canada says could last throughout the weekend.
Environment Canada is calling for a “full force” blizzard in Nunavut's southern Kivalliq region today. (CBC)

Schools and offices are closed today in Rankin Inlet, Arviat and Baker Lake as a blizzard closes in on Nunavut’s southern Kivalliq region.

A weather warning is in effect in Arviat, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Gjoa Haven, Rankin Inlet, Repulse Bay, Whale Cove and Sanikiluaq.

Arviat resident Jason Steele captured the storm's full effect in a video shot on his front step. (Click the link on the left to see it.)

Environment Canada is calling for a “full force” blizzard with northwest winds of 70 km/h gusting to 90 or 100 km/h, and zero or near 0 visibility.

The winds will come with windchill. Temperatures in Arviat will be about -30 today, with windchills in the -40 to -55 range.

Winds should ease tonight and into Saturday morning, but Environment Canada is warning people to prepare themselves for a long weekend indoors. It says some regions may see blizzard conditions return on Saturday and into Sunday and Monday.