FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An extreme cold warning remains in place, and the temperature could drop to minus 50 overnight into Monday in the B.C. Peace.

A bitterly cold airmass has settled over Northern B.C. and is expected to last until Monday. Temperatures could drop to as low as minus 50 overnight Sunday when wind speeds reach 15 km/h.

Temperatures are expected to moderate on Monday. The forecast calls for a high of minus 22 in Fort St. John.  See the full weather warning below.

4:50 AM PST Sunday 26 December 2021

Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Timeframe: Now through Monday morning.

Remarks: A bitterly cold airmass will settle over northern BC through Monday. Extreme windchill values of -45 and lower is expected to occur during the overnight and morning periods. Some moderation of temperatures is expected on Monday.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

Check on older family, friends and neighbours.

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 creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.