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Boxing Day record smashed

Records were broken in Prince George yesterday and it wasn’t sales at the local Boxing Day events.

The mercury plunged to -41 degrees Celsius December 26, making it the coldest Boxing Day on record in Prince George. The previous record was -37.8 degrees Celsius, set in 1971. And, in case you’re wondering (hoping), the warmest Boxing Day on record was in 1991 when it was eight degrees Celsius.

For those wondering whether we’ll break another record today, the mark is the same … -37.8 degrees Celsius, also set in 1971. At 7 a.m. it was -34 degrees Celsius and the forecast, however, is for it to hit -24 degrees Celsius with a bit of snow.

And even though it may be marginally warmer today, the extreme cold warning remains in effect for the Bulkley Valley and the Lakes District, Williston, McGregor, Pine Pass, Chilcotin, Cariboo – north including Quesnel, Prince George, and Stuart – Nechako.

A bitterly cold airmass is over northern and central B.C. Extreme wind chill of at least -40 degrees Celsius is expected this morning. A slightly warmer airmass will arrive today.

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.

Check on older family, friends and neighbours.

Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle such as extra blankets and jumper cables.

If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

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 BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

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