Extreme cold warnings in place for much of central, northern Alberta | The Canadian News

Extreme cold warnings were in place Tuesday afternoon for much of northern, central and eastern Alberta.

The warnings covered areas from Alberta’s northern border south through the Grande Prairie, Slave Lake and Westlock regions. The Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, and Red Deer regions were also under warning, stretching east to the Saskatchewan border.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Edmonton was not included in the extreme cold warning.

Global Edmonton chief meteorologist Jesse Beyer said the wind-cold values ​​were not expected to reach the threshold for an extreme cold warning in the city.

“But we’ll probably feel in the mid-30s within city limits,” Beyer added.

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Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chills create an increased risk to health, such as freezing or hypothermia.

Wind chill values ​​between -40 and -45 are expected Tuesday night in affected areas. While the wind cold is expected to be “moderate” for most regions on Wednesday, Environment Canada said parts of the far north of Alberta will see the wind cold drop near -40 again on Wednesday night.

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“Watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle aches and weakness, numbness and discoloration in fingers and toes,” reads the warning.

“Close. Freezing bites can develop on exposed skin within minutes, especially with cold winds.”

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Beyer said Wednesday morning will likely be the coldest conditions over the next week as hot air returns.

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