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Christmas will be white but chilly, chilly, chilly

When the mercury dips to -35 and colder, often we opt for the warmth of the “great indoors” waiting anxiously await the arrival of spring. In Fraser Lake, the RCMP embrace all that Mother Nature brings and head outside for a little fun experiment. Boiling water plus frigid temperature equals ice crystals. RCMP photoIt will be a white Christmas in Prince George … and it will also be a very cold one.

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the next few days for the 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.

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 -30s will generate extreme wind chill values of at least -40 degrees Celsius.

Conditions will slightly moderate during the day with wind chill values hovering in -30s. However wind chill values of at least -40 will return each evening until Tuesday morning.

Extreme wind chill values near -50 degrees Celsius 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 continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

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