FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada says the current extreme cold warning for the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson will continue until at least Tuesday.

Environment Canada says a very cold airmass will return to the region Sunday night. Combined with moderate winds, the temperature will feel more like minus 40 to 45. Due to the persistent winds, there will be minimal relief during the day.

The extreme cold could last until Tuesday morning or even longer.

See the full weather warnings below.

Issued at 2022-01-02 10:48 UTC by Environment Canada:

Extreme cold warning continued for:

  B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)

Current details:

A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Location: Peace River.

Time Span: Tonight to Tuesday morning, and possibly longer.

Remarks: A very cold airmass is returning tonight to northeastern B.C. Moderate winds from the north or northwest will give wind chill values of minus 45 to 40. There will be minimal relief during the daylight hours due to persistent winds.

This cold airmass will remain in place through the end of next week. However, winds will become lighter after Tuesday morning, and therefore, wind chill could possibly become less extreme after Tuesday.

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.

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.

Issued at 2022-01-02 10:49 UTC by Environment Canada:

Extreme cold warning continued for:

  Fort Nelson, B.C. (088100)

Current details:

A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Location: Fort Nelson.

Time Span: Tonight to Tuesday morning, and possibly longer.

Remarks: A very cold airmass is returning to northeastern B.C. Moderate winds from the north or northwest will give wind chill values of minus 45. There will be minimal relief during the daylight hours due to persistent winds.

This cold airmass will remain in place through the end of next week. However, winds will become lighter after Tuesday morning, and therefore, wind chill could possibly become less extreme after Tuesday.

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.

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.