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Environment Canada warns that cold temperatures could blanket B.C.

Environment Canada warns that cold temperatures could blanket B.C.

The Canadian Press

Special weather statements were posted on Victoria, Metro Vancouver, the inner south coast. They advised that rain will turn to snow over the weekend due to arctic air blasts that cause temperatures to plummet

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VANCOUVER Large areas of southern and central British Columbia were subject to winter storm and snowfall warnings. Environment Canada stated that these warnings were expected to end by Christmas Eve.

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Special weather statements were posted in Victoria, Metro Vancouver, the inner south coast. They advise that rain will turn to snow over the weekend. An arctic blast causes temperatures to plummet throughout the province for the rest of December.

The cold air from the south coast is expected to bring snow. Temperatures are well below seasonal, and the wind chill means that there is a higher risk of hypothermia.

Extreme cold gripped northern British Columbia, where wind chill made it feel like -45 C in areas near the Yukon border.

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