VANCOUVER – Environment Canada advises British Columbia residents to be prepared for extreme cold. It is expected that the cold will return to northeastern B.C. overnight.
According to the weather office, this will bring wind chill values below 45 degrees that will last until the end of next week.
Snowstorms are also forecast to continue on Highway 3, from Paulson Summit, to Kootenay Pass. It is expected to get between 40-60 cm of powder each day.
According to the weather bureau, the Fraser Canyon, Lyton and Merritt will see snow accumulations of up to 50cm. Snow could also be seen on the Coquihalla Highway linking Hope and Merritt.
Environment Canada has issued an East Vancouver Island wind warning, citing gusts up to 90 km/h that could cause damage.
It is predicted that there will be a prolonged period with very cold wind in Fort Nelson, with wind chill values as low as minus 45. This will continue into next week.
This report was published by The Canadian Press Jan. 2, 2021.