Environment Canada has issued an Extreme Cold Warning for East Columbia, which includes Golden.
The warning is in effect from early this morning, Tuesday, Dec. 28, until Wednesday morning.
A period of very cold weather and wind chills is expected, with daily highs reaching -20 degrees celsius at it’s warmest.
A very cold airmass combined with moderate winds will give wind chill values of minus 35 or lower from tonight to Wednesday morning. Temperatures will increase Wednesday afternoon. Another round of extreme cold wind chill of minus 35 or lower is possible on Friday morning, write Environment Canada.
Extreme cold puts everyone at risk, watch for cold related symptoms of shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.
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 caps off a year where extreme weather dominated headlines, form wildfires to heat domes to floods to atmospheric rivers.