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Grande Prairie, Peace River areas under extreme cold warning

An extreme cold warning has been issued for the Grande Prairie – Beaverlodge – Valleyview and Peace River – Fairview – High Prairie – Manning regions. Environment Canada says extremely cold wind chill values near minus 40 are expected again Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

“The wind chill will moderate during the day on Thursday, but very cold overnight low temperatures and wind chill values will persist into the weekend.”

The public is warned of the dangers of extreme cold, with a greater risk for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. People should watch for cold-related symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness, and colour change in fingers and toes.

“Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant. If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.”

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In Grande Prairie, the forecast is calling for a low of minus 34 Wednesday night with a windchill of minus 40 overnight.

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