A multi-day episode of very cold wind chills is expected.
Location: Bulkley Valley, Lake District, Mackenzie, Mcgregor, Pine Pass, Chilcotin, Cariboo – north including Quesnel, Prince George, Stuart – Nechako, Lakes District and B.C. North Peace River.
Time Span: Friday night to Tuesday morning.
Remarks: A very cold arctic ridge of high pressure will settle over the northern and central British Columbia Interior. Northerly winds combined with overnight lows in the minus 30s will generate extreme wind chill values of at least minus 40.
Conditions will slightly moderate during the day with wind chill values hovering in minus 30s. However wind chill values of at least minus 40 will return each evening until Tuesday morning.
Extreme wind chill values near minus 50 could be reached Christmas night in some locations.
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.
Please dress appropriately if adventuring out this weekend!!