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, Williams Lake

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

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

Currently -28C as of Sunday morning in Williams Lake, 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

Cariboo Festival 2020 registration now open

Please have your online registrations and entries complete for all disciplines before early February

PHOTOS: Santa poses with pets of all kinds, no matter how much fur or scales they have

A steady stream of pet lovers was supporting the local BC SPCA Saturday morning

Annual Tuba Christmas Concert coming up Wednesday, Dec. 11

The event draws dozens of lakecity music lovers each year and an equal amount of musicians

Sunfield Energy Inc. provides info on proposed solar project near McLeese Lake

Sunfield wants to determine if a utility-scale solar project west McLeese Lake is potentially viable

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

B.C. pharmaceutical company’s stocks double in value after successful lupus drug trial

More than 40 per cent of patients using voclosporin saw improvements in kidney function

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

Residents in B.C. city could face 133% tax hike in ‘worst case’ lawsuit outcome: report

An average home could see a tax increase of $2,164 in one year

Most Read