Weather Warnings Issued As Bitterly Cold Air Grips Province
[UPDATED 10:58am Monday Feb 4 2019]
Weather warnings stretch all the way across Canada, from the BC North Coast to the St Lawrence Valley in Quebec.
Here in our region, a cold Arctic airmass has settled over the Central Interior -- resulting in an "Extreme Cold Warning" for the Lakes District -- including Burns Lake -- and an "Arctic Outflow" warning for North Coast Inland areas.
An Arctic Outflow Warning was also in place for Coastal areas, including Prince Rupert, but that warning was ended at around 10am Monday --- and the Extreme Cold Warning for the Lakes District was ended at 10:58am Monday -- with the weather office saying conditions are no longer expected to reach extreme cold warning criteria.
Wind chills in the minus 25 degree range are forecast for the North Coast Inland areas -- while wind chill values near minus 40 were being experienced in the Lakes District early this morning.
Environment Canada is warning that while extreme cold puts everyone at risk, the risks are greatest for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.
For updates, click https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=bc
School District 91 (Nechako Lakes) has cancelled all school bus runs in the Burns Lake, Granisle, Grassy Plains, Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof areas due to the extreme cold temperatures.
Schools will remain open and teachers will be in attendance.
Despite the bitter cold, Houston residents are being prohibited from using woodstoves, unless they're the only source of heat for their dwelling.
BC Environment and Northern Health issued an Air Quality Advisory this morning, because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter.
This advisory is in effect until further notice.
People with chronic underlying medical conditions are advised to postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted.
Staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure.
Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.