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Extreme cold warnings in place for much of Alberta

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Here's meteorologist Jesse Beyer's Tuesday, February 1, 2022 evening weather forecast for Edmonton, Alberta and the surrounding area. – Feb 1, 2022

More areas of Alberta were placed under extreme cold warnings Wednesday morning.

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

The warnings blanketed 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 the warning, which stretched east to the Saskatchewan border.

On Wednesday morning, the mountain parks, Airdrie, Drumheller and Crowsnest Pass regions were also included in the warning.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Edmonton was not included in the extreme cold warning, nor was Calgary.

Global Edmonton’s chief meteorologist Jesse Beyer said the wind chill values aren’t expected to meet the threshold for an extreme cold warning in Edmonton itself.

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

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frostbite or hypothermia.

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

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

“Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.”

Beyer said Wednesday morning is likely to be coldest conditions over the next week, as warm air returns.

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