Extreme cold warning issued for Quesnel and Williams Lake

Arctic outflow warning issued for Bella Coola

For the second time in a week, Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the Cariboo, including Quesnel and Williams Lake.

A cold arctic airmass has settled over the B.C. Central Interior. The combination of cold temperatures and winds will produce wind chills of -40C overnight. The wind chill values are expected to ease Saturday afternoon.

An Arctic outflow warning has also been issued for Bella Coola and inland sections of the central coast.

Environment Canada is forecasting that extremely strong outflow winds will develop Friday morning over the north coast and will spread south towards Howe Sound and the Fraser Valley in the afternoon as cold Arctic air surges through the mainland inlets and valleys.

“Any outdoor activity exposes you to an increased risk of frostbite. Be prepared for unusually cold temperatures and strong winds. Drive with care, especially along coastal routes exposed to outflow winds,” states Environment Canada.

Wind chill values near -20C are expected Friday night and will persist through Saturday morning in Bella Coola.

The forecast for Williams Lake is for cloudy skies and a 40 percent chance of flurries early Friday morning with drifting snow. The skies will clear later Friday morning and the wind will pick up from the northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 Friday morning.

Strong winds are expected again Saturday with a wind chill of -28C in the evening and -40C overnight. Frostbite will occur in minutes.

Drive BC is reporting compact snow on most Cariboo highways, and limited visibility with snow on sections of Highway 97 around Williams Lake, Highway 24 and the Horsefly Road.


Do you have a comment about this story? email:
editor@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

CITY HALL: Investing in our transition strategy

City council news from Mayor Bob Simpson

Family bond strengthened through mask-making

A B.C. Indigenous youth is making face masks for firefighters after having made some for family

Indigenous company to launch First Nations banking app

A national release of the OneFeather APP anticipated no later than this summer

FOREST INK: Ithaka Institute in Switzerland continues with biochar research

My experience to date with biochar was mainly its use as a… Continue reading

RANCH MUSINGS: Is isolation enough already? A view from real isolation

In so many ways, we are blessed with being different from them

COVID-19: B.C. landlords can’t evict if they decline rent assistance

Emergency order ‘incentive’ for federal program, Carole James says

Investigators probe death of CN employee at Surrey rail yard

Transportation Safety Board is investigating an ‘occurrence that took place during switching operations’

Trans Mountain starts B.C. leg of pipeline twinning project

Mostly finished in Alberta, Burnaby terminal expanding

NDP getting COVID-19 wage subsidy ‘indirectly,’ B.C. Liberal leader says

Andrew Wilkinson says he’s heard no concerns from public

Love flourishes at Peace Arch Park, but COVID-19 concerns loom

South Surrey park becomes only place for international couples to meet

UPDATE: B.C.’s Central Kootenay issues evacuation orders for hundreds of residents due to flooding

An evacuation alert covers all areas except the Cities of Castelgar and Nelson

Most Read