It was cold yesterday, but we were well short of setting a new record.
Environment Canada reports that the mercury dipped to a bone-chilling -32.3 degrees Celsius. The coldest January 12 on record in Prince George, however, was in 1957 when it was -40 degrees Celsius.
For those keeping an eye on their backyard thermometers today, we have to go even colder to set a new record. The coldest January 13 on record in Prince George was in 1953 when it was -43.3 degrees Celsius. We don’t really need to set any new records, do we?
That being said, an extreme cold weather warning remains in effect for the city with a high of -28 degress Celsius forecast for today and an overnight low of -32 degrees Celsius.
Bitterly cold arctic air will remain entrenched over the area for several days. North winds combined with cold temperatures will create wind chill values near minus 40.
Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.
Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill. Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.