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Prince George just shy of setting cold temperature record Friday

It was definitely cold in Prince George Friday, but it wasn’t the coldest January 12 on record.

The mercury dipped to a bone-chilling -39.6 degrees Celsius yesterday, just short of the record of -40 degrees Celsius set in 1957.But really, does .4 degrees really mean much when it’s -40?

And here’s hoping we don’t set any records over the weekend because that will mean it gets even colder. The coldest January 13 on record in Prince George was -43.3 degrees Celsius, set in 1953. The coldest January 14 was also in 1953 when it got to -48.3 degrees Celsius.

Needless to say, the extreme cold warning remains in effect for Prince George, Cariboo, Chilcotin, McGregor, Williston, Yellowhead Highway – Tete Jaune Cache to the Alberta Border, Yellowhead.

An arctic airmass over northern B.C. will bring temperatures between minus 30 and minus 40 degrees celsius. These temperatures combined with northerly winds up to 20 km/h will generate cold wind chill values of minus 40 to minus 45. Temperatures will begin to moderate on Sunday. Extreme cold puts everyone at risk. Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill. Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle such as extra blankets and jumper cables. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm.


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