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Environment Canada issues Special Weather Statement

Environment Canada said most of the province can expect a major shift in temperature from the recent mild January starting Saturday. — Environment Canada image

Baby, it’s about to get very cold outside.

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for much of BC as a cold spell is forecasted for most of the province.

“Arctic air will spread throughout BC (Saturday) bringing a major shift in temperature from our mild January,” the Environment Canada statement said.

“Temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees colder than normal for this time of the year in the central and southern interior of BC.”

Environment Canada said a short period of gusty winds will accompany the cold air’s arrival through the interior and may combine with snow leading to a brief period of blowing snow.

Environment Canada said normal temperatures are expected to return to the province by mid next week.

Saturday, Environment Canada is calling for possible snow with a wind chill of minus 7 C.

The low for Saturday night is minus 10C with a high of minus 4C Sunday.

Temperature will drop to minus 12C Sunday and slowing warming but remaining in the minus C range for most of the week.