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UPDATE: Extreme cold warning for Grande Prairie called off

UPDATE #2: The extreme cold warning has ended but wind chills of minus 40 are still expected in Grande Prairie.

UPDATE: The extreme cold warning remains in effect for the Grande Prairie and Peace River regions. Wind chills continue to hover around minus 40.

In GP, the wind chill dipped to minus 37 around 8 p.m. Saturday but held steady between minus 33 and 34 overnight. Environment Canada expects we’ll reach a high of minus 20 Sunday but with the wind chill it will feel like minus 40.

The Grande Prairie and Peace River regions are still under an extreme cold warning from Environment Canada. It reached as cold as minus 37 with the windchill in the city Friday night and it could still get as low as minus 40 in some parts.

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It’s expected that temperatures will warm up slightly Saturday so windchills are in the minus 30s but they’re expected to get down to minus 40 again this evening and overnight.

Environment Canada reminds people to keep their pets indoors as much as possible and dress themselves warmly. Homeless people, outdoor workers and people living in homes with no great or power are considered at a greater risk for frost bite and hypothermia, along with people who play sports outdoors, have certain medical conditions or who drink excess amounts of alcohol. Seniors and infants are also vulnerable.

Dress in layers and wear fabrics that keep you dry. Warm socks, gloves and a hat are recommended, as well as covering your nose. If you get wet, change into dry cloths as soon as possible.

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