Northern British Columbia was already experiencing extreme cold. The wind chill in some areas along the Yukon border made it feel as close to -45 C.
Environment Canada warns that wind chill values in the Arctic outflow area, including Terrace and Kitimat on the north coast, could drop as low at -30C this weekend. Meanwhile, temperatures could drop as low as 36C in areas between Prince George and Revelstoke by early next week.
Already, evacuation alerts have been issued for Smithers due to sub-zero temperatures. An ice jam on the Bulkley river is threatening to flood both sides. Smithers and the Regional district of Bulkley–Nechako are advising affected residents to be ready for evacuation on short notice.
This report was published by The Canadian Press Dec. 23, 2021.
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