It's Ottawa's coldest day in almost a year

Frostbite is a definite risk today given the extreme cold and wind chill.

A frostbite advisory remains in place, so bundle up

The Rideau Canal will be open on Friday, but you'll want to bundle up if you head out to skate. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

Frostbite is a definite risk today given the extreme cold. 

It won't be as windy in Ottawa-Gatineau as it was on Thursday, but any breeze will be bone-chilling.  

The wind made it feel like -33 at 5 a.m., which is why Ottawa Public Health issued a frostbite advisory for the city yesterday.

It will stay below that frostbite advisory threshold of -25 until late morning, then dip back down again this evening.

The air temperature will top out at -13 C today and bottom out at -22 C tonight.

At 7 a.m., it was -21.3 C, the coldest it's been in Ottawa since it was -24.4 C on Jan. 15, 2018.

On the positive side, we'll get abundant sunshine, and as we move through the weekend the wind will become slightly less brutal.

Tomorrow afternoon for example, it will make it feel like -15.

The cold snap also means the Rideau Canal skateway has reopened.

The deep freeze should relent by next week.

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