Environment Canada has wind chill warnings in effect across the province. A frigid -43 C in Chibougamau was expected to dip as low as -55 C with the wind chill.
Residents of the Saguenay region faced a wind chill as low as -46 C, which led local authorities to close outdoor skating rinks in Chicoutimi, Jonquière et La Baie.
Montrealers woke up to an early morning temperature of -26 C with a wind chill of -39 C. Residents of Quebec City faced an equally bone-chilling day, with a high of -24 C and wind chill of -40 C expected.
Montreal’s police department has tasked an extra team with keeping watch over Montreal's vulnerable homeless population during the period of extreme cold.
Yet even those with homes weren’t guaranteed warmth against the cold – Hydro Quebec reported almost 11,000 customers without power around the province, including more than 3,000 in both Chaudière-Appalaches and Laval. Power has since been restored to customers in Laval.
Quebecers could get a brief respite from the cold this weekend – Environment Canada is predicting a high of -4 C in Montreal on Sunday.