With this frigid weather we are experiencing, the town of Okotoks is making sure those who need warmth can find it.
Temperatures the next several days will be at dangerously cold levels, and those who can't find a reprieve from the cold and wind run the risk of frost bite or worse.
The overnight low in Okotoks for Thursday January 11th is -34C, but once you add the 20 km/h wind expected that night, the wind chill becomes -43C. At that temperature, frost bite happens within minutes.
Friday night will get down to 40 below before the wind, but Saturday night will be slightly warmer at -37C however windchills could hit -50.
The Town of Okotoks took to Facebook on January 10th to inform people on where to go in town if they need to warm up.
For those who need to get out of the cold, make your way to the Okotoks Recreation Centre or the Centennial Arenas, as they will be acting as warming spaces.
The Okotoks Rec Centre is located at 99 Okotoks Drive, and they are open 8 am to 10 pm Monday to Friday and 10 am to 8 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Centennial Arenas is located on 204 Community Way and is open 6 am to 10 pm Monday through Sunday.
During this cold snap, it's best to keep an eye on the wellbeing of yourself and others and watch out for cold related symptoms.
Those experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness, and colour change in fingers and toes, need to find warmth as soon as possible.
Also, it is advised to cover up bare skin to prevent frost bite.
For those who need more than just a spot to warm up, reach out to the Okotoks Family Resource Centre. Their number is 403-995-2626.
If you see someone who you believe to be suffering from hypothermia, or any other cold weather-related health issue, call 911 immediately and try to get that person indoors to warm up.
Check out our weather forecast before you head out, and make sure to dress accordingly.