Temperatures to reach minus 40 with wind chill Thursday evening in Peace region

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning for the Peace region, stating a cold a…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning for the Peace region, stating a cold arctic air mass is moving into Northeast BC.

Temperatures are expected to reach minus 30 to 35, resulting in wind chill values of minus 40

The warning is expected to stay in place until Friday overnight when temperatures are expected to rise as a warm front moves across the region.

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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