FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued another extreme cold weather warning for the entire B.C. Peace region. The same warning was also issued earlier today for Grande Prairie.
Temperatures overnight Thursday will reach minus 30, with the wind gusting up to 15 km/h, the wind chill will make it feel more like minus 40. The forecast still calls for cold temperatures on Friday, with a possible wind chill of minus 41.
Thankfully this cold snap should only last a few days. The temperature should rise on Saturday to a high of minus 15. By Monday, the thermometer should read minus 3.
Below is the full weather warning from Environment Canada for the B.C. Peace.
8:44 PM PST Thursday 15 December 2016
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:
- B.C. North Peace River
- B.C. South Peace River
A period of very cold wind chills is expected.
Cold overnight temperatures of minus 30 degrees celsius and wind up to 15 km/h will produce wind chill values near minus 40 tonight and Friday night. The threat of extreme wind chill values will diminish Saturday morning as temperatures moderate.
While anyone who isn’t dressed warmly is at risk in cold weather conditions, some are at greater risk than others for frost bite and hypothermia:
– homeless people
– outdoor workers
– people living in homes that are poorly insulated (with no heat or no power)
– people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral neuropathy and diseases affecting the blood vessels, people taking certain medications including beta-blockers
– winter sport enthusiasts
– people who consume excess alcohol
– infants and
Wear appropriate clothing.
– Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Synthetic and wool fabrics provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry and further reduce your risk.
– Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can remove layers if you get too warm (before you start sweating) or add a layer if you get cold.
– Wear warm socks, gloves, a hat and scarf in cold weather. Be sure to cover your nose to protect it.
– If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you’re wet.
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 [email protected] or tweet reports to #BCStorm.