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Freezing temperatures hit the Lower Mainland due to arctic air

Last Updated Jan 3, 2017 at 6:30 am PDT

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Temperatures may feel like -15 degrees at times around the Lower Mainland

More snow is in the forecast looking towards the weekend

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you have don’t have several pairs of long johns in your closet, you better go get some. The Lower Mainland is in for yet another cold snap.

NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate says there is a northeast outflow wind that is pouring through Howe Sound is channeling out from the Fraser Valley and it’s bringing with it wind chills of about -12 inland and -10 degrees around Downtown Vancouver.

“We’re really just getting back into that deeper layer of arctic air. It arrived on New Year’s Day. We’ve seen the temperature several degrees below zero this morning,” explains Lacate who says it’ll be -9 degrees tonight but with the wind chill it’ll feel more like -15.

For those living in the Fraser Valley, it’s going to be much worse. Environment Canada has issued a special warning due to the arctic outflow.

“Wind chill values of -20 to -25 will persist over the inland sections of the North Coast until Wednesday afternoon. In Whistler, Howe Sound, and the Fraser Valley, wind chill values in the -15 to -20 range this morning will moderate slightly this afternoon and develop once again overnight and persist through Wednesday morning,” says the agency.

It says winds, gusting at times, to 70 kilometres an hour.

You are being encouraged to cover up and to be aware of the potential of falling branches or powerlines.