An extreme cold warning has been issued for the Interior of B.C., where in Williams Lake temperatures are forecast to hover today, Feb. 3, around -30C. (Greg Sabatino photo)

Extreme cold warning issued for B.C. Interior

An arctic airmass is resulting in temperatures reaching as low as -30C this morning

An extreme cold warning for the Interior of B.C. has been issued by Environment Canada.

Temperatures hovering around -30C throughout the Interior including in Williams Lake, Quesnel, Burns Lake, Vanerhoof and 100 Mile House, the period of very cold, with wind chills, is expected to continue with temperatures predicted to reach lows of -34C with windchill by afternoon.

“An arctic airmass over the Central Interior is resulting in temperatures reaching as low as minus 30 Celsius this morning,” the warning states. “This combined with brisk northerly winds is giving extreme wind chill values below minus 40. Conditions are expected to improve this afternoon as temperatures rise.”

Periods of light snow are also forecast throughout the day, with a 30 per cent chance of flurries continuing this evening with winds gusting from 20 to 40 kilometres per hour and a low of -27C.

Monday, a high of -20C is forecast, with temperatures rising as the week progresses, however, temperature will remain around highs of -10C.

DriveBC, meanwhile, is reporting sections of compact snow with slippery sections on Highway 20 between Bella Coola and Williams Lake.

READ MORE: Sky expected to stay overcast throughout the weekend

More of the same should be expected while travelling Highway 97, including sections of black ice between Hixon and Quesnel.

You can monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada at https://weather.gc.ca. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

Just Posted

GoFundMe started after fire leaves Ruth Lake cabin severely damaged

‘The fire hit hard and fast - he lost everything’

Will you be voting for a different federal party than you did in 2015?

The weekly web poll for the 100 Mile Free Press

Capturing everyday life: Verboom brings loose realism to the Showcase Gallery

‘I love that our Cariboo life is real people with real jobs… blue collar, hard-working people’

100 Mile House Fire-Rescue kicks off fire prevention week with open house

“We always want the public to come and see for themselves”

From the archives of the 100 Mile Free Press

28 YEARS AGO (1991): Members of the Cariboo Elders Building and Recreation… Continue reading

VIDEO: #MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize voters

Tarana Burke hopes to prompt moderators to ask about sexual violence at next debate

B.C. massage therapist reprimanded, fined for exposing patients’ breasts

Registered massage therapist admits professional misconduct

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

Rugby Canada helps recovery efforts in Japan after typhoon cancels final match

Canadian players wanted to “give back in whatever small way they could”

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in US after ‘accidentally’ crossing border

Parents travelling with three-month-old reportedly being held in Pennsylvania

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Alberta to join B.C.’s class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

B.C. government claims opioids were falsely marketed as less addictive than other pain meds

VIDEO: Trudeau, Singh posture for ‘progressive’ votes while Scheer fights in Quebec

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, whose party has been on the rise in recent polls, is campaigning in Toronto

Most Read