Cold snap expected for most of the province starting this weekend.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for parts of northeastern BC, warning of the return of arctic air and a 28 degree drop in temperatures.
The weather agency is warning of a cold spell for most of the province from this weekend.
“Starting late Friday, arctic air will enter BC with a large temperature shift from our mild January,” said the weather statement, which so far includes the Williston area but not the Peace River or Northern Rockies regions.
“Gusty winds will accompany the arrival of the cold air, and the wind chill will make it even colder.”
Daily temperatures have hit average highs of -3 degrees so far this month in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, about six degrees warmer than the -9 normal for this time of year.
Environment Canada is calling for highs of 5 degrees Thursday and -6 on Friday, falling to -23 degrees in both cities by Friday night, according to the seven-day forecast. Highs of -16 and -15 are forecast for Saturday and Sunday.
“Temperatures are expected to gradually increase late next week, early February,” Environment Canada says. “However, significant uncertainty remains over the timing of a return to seasonal temperatures.”
In a separate forecast, The Weather Network says shifts in the jet stream will pull cold air south from the Arctic, where it “became trapped across the north and Siberia.”
It is forecasting “freezing cold” across most of Canada and deep into the United States, even forecasting a 6,000-kilometer band of snow stretching as far north as Mexico and Texas to Atlantic Canada and Greenland over the next few days.
7 day forecast
6 degrees Celsius
Mainly cloudy. Wind from southwest 50 km/h with gusts up to 70, becomes west 30 with gusts up to 50 after midnight. Temperature stable around 6.
A mix of sun and clouds. Wind from the west 30 km/h with gusts up to 50. Temperature constantly close to plus 5.
cloudy. 60 percent chance of evening rain showers, then 60 percent chance of overnight thunderstorms. Wind West 20 km/h gusting to 40. Low minus 3. Wind chill minus 9 overnight.
Cloudy with a 60% chance of snow flurries. High minus 6.
Cloudy Periods. Low minus 23.
Sunny. High minus 16.
Clear. Low minus 21.
Sunny. High minus 15.
Clear. Low minus 18.
A mix of sun and clouds. High minus 11.
Cloudy Periods. Low minus 20.
A mix of sun and clouds. High minus 17.