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Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning for the Peace region, with a multi-day episode of very cold wind chills to be expected.

“A bitterly cold airmass will settle over northern BC through at least Tuesday morning. With even the slightest of winds, extreme windchill values of at least -45 could occur. Some moderation of temperatures is possible on Tuesday,” said Environment Canada in a statement.

The extreme cold is expected to last from Friday night through to at least Tuesday morning.

Residents are asked to watch cold-related symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

Anyone going outside is asked to cover up as frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

“Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle such as extra blankets and jumper cables. If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.”

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill create an elevated risk to health, such as frostbite and hypothermia.

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