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Fort Nelson coldest in B.C.

Fort St. John will see brief break from cold snap this week

If you complained about the cold in Fort St. John yesterday, send a warm thought to our neighbours in Fort Nelson.

The community was Monday’s cold spot in B.C., with the airport weather station recording a low of -32.1 degrees.

And it hasn’t gotten warmer overnight either.

As of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Environment Canada station was reporting temperatures of -35.4, with windchills making it feel like -44.

Surprisingly, that’s not even close to being cold enough for new low temperature record.

Fort Nelson’s coldest temperature on Dec. 5 was -41.2 set in 1997.

For Dec. 6, the record is -45.3, also set in 1977.

Fort Nelson will see daytime highs this week hovering between -20 to -25 — and might warm up to -19 on Thursday.

Here in Fort St. John, the airport weather station recorded a low of -24.4 on Monday, well short of the -36.5 cold record set on Dec. 5, 1995.

Temperatures will rise to a high of -24 today, and even higher to -2 on Wednesday.

A brief break to the cold snap will follow Thursday and Friday, with highs of -4 and -5 degrees.

7 Day Forecast

Chance of flurries


-24 °C

Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries late this afternoon. Snow near the mountains this morning. Local amount 2 cm near the Rockies. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 24. Wind chill near minus 34. Risk of frostbite.

Chance of flurries


-22 °C

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries this evening then partly cloudy. Wind becoming southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 before morning. Temperature rising to minus 9 by morning. Wind chill minus 32 this evening and minus 19 overnight. Risk of frostbite.

A mix of sun and cloud


-2 °C

A mix of sun and cloud. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60. High minus 2. Wind chill minus 19 in the morning and minus 10 in the afternoon.


Wednesday night

-13 °C

Clear. Low minus 13.



-4 °C

Sunny. High minus 4.


Thursday night

-8 °C

Clear. Low minus 8.



-5 °C

Sunny. High minus 5.

Cloudy periods

Friday night

-16 °C

Clear. Low minus 16.



-15 °C

Cloudy. High minus 15.

Chance of flurries

Saturday night

-28 °C

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 28.

Chance of flurries


-27 °C

A mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of flurries. High minus 27.

Cloudy periods

Sunday night

-30 °C

Cloudy periods. Low minus 30.

A mix of sun and cloud


-21 °C

A mix of sun and cloud. High minus 21.

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