Extreme cold warning ended

Environment Canada has ended its extreme cold weather warning in the B.C. Peace region.

Temperatures are finally expected to climb above -20 C Sunday, the first time in two weeks. The forecast calls for a high of -18 C with periods of light snow, though the day will still feel cold with a windchill of -27 C.

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Periods of light snow are expected to continue Monday, with a high of -12 C. 

Environment Canada is forecasting warm, sunny days after that: -8 C on Tuesday, -3 C on Wednesday, and -2 C on Thursday, which is well above average.

The balmy reprieve will be short-lived: Saturday's high is a forecast to drop to -16 C, with a 60% chance of flurries.

The city hasn't seen temperatures above minus 20 since Monday, Jan. 6, when the mercury peaked at -19.4 C before a ridge of bitterly cold arctic air settled over the region.

The coldest it's gotten so far this month was a low of -36.1 C on Saturday, Jan. 18. 

Average highs for January are -10 C, with average lows of -18 C.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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