Wind chills between minus 40 and minus 45 are expected in the Grande Prairie – Beaverlodge – Valleyview and Peace River – Fairview – High Prairie – Manning regions. That has prompted Environment Canada to issue extreme cold warnings.

“As the cold air continues slumping south,” it says, “temperatures will drop causing wind chill values to fall below minus 40 overnight tonight and continue through Sunday morning.”

People in the area are urged to watch for symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes. Environment Canada warns to cover up, as frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

“If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside,” it adds.

The snowfall warnings for both regions have ended. A record 7.2 centimetres fell on February 1st.