Extreme cold warnings in place for Cariboo and North Thompson

By Dylana Milobar
February 8, 2019 - 7:43am Updated: February 8, 2019 - 8:37am

BRITISH COLUMBIA — Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the North Thompson, and Cariboo regions in B.C today (Feb. 8).

According to the alert, a cold arctic airmass has settled over the BC Central Interior.

Areas impacted include Quesnel and Williams Lake in the Cariboo region, along with Barriere, Clearwater, and other communities in the North Thompson.

Meteorologist Ross MacDonald says overnight lows of minus 22 to minus 28 are expected-  comboed with a biting wind chill between minus 35 and minus 40 tonight into Saturday morning.

"We've had a return of a bitterly cold arctic air mass that's kind of pushing right through the entire province."

MacDonald says those wind chill values will moderate Saturday afternoon as temperatures rise.

With that, Environment Canada recommends covering up with warm clothes, as frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin when the wind chill is this severe.

Updates can be accessed here.

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