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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the B.C. Peace.

The warning says the wind could make it feel more like minus 40 overnight into Monday morning.

An arctic airmass will bring temperatures near minus 30 overnight Sunday.  Add on top of that wind speeds of 20 km/h, the windchill will make it feel more like minus 40.

See the full warning.

Issued at 2022-02-20 11:29 UTC by Environment Canada:
Extreme cold warning issued for:
B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)

Current details:
Wind chill values near -40 tonight.

Locations: B.C. Peace River.

Timespan: Overnight into Monday morning.

Hazard: Frostbite in minutes and risk of hypothermia due to wind chill values near -40.

Remarks: An arctic airmass bringing giving temperatures near -30 degrees celsius tonight combined with a north wind of 20 km/h will result in wind chill values near -40 overnight and into Monday morning.

Areas under cloud cover such as Tumbler Ridge or Chetwynd may not see temperatures as cold as other places such as Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. However, wind chill values will still be in the -30s.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

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

Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks to warm up.

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

More details on the alert are available here.

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