Cold, clear and sunny weather to persist into March

It is colder than average for the Bella Coola Valley

Cold, clear and sunny weather will persist right into the first week of March, according to Environment Canada. Daytime highs are expected to be around three degrees and nightime lows are predicted to be around -14.

It is colder than average for the Bella Coola Valley. Normal temperatures for this time of year are usually around -1, with daytime highs around 7.4.

The Cariboo-Chilcotin is also much colder than average. Puntzi Mountain in the Chilcotin was the coldest place in B.C. Tuesday morning at -33C, -36C with the wind chill.

In Williams Lake Tuesday morning Cariboo residents are being greeted with a temperature of -19C at the airport, -24C with the wind chill.

Environment Canada is warning of a risk of frostbite across the Cariboo Chilcotin with the frigid temperatures.

It won’t last, according to The Weather Network winter will continue to grip the country heading into March but Canadians can expect an abrupt transition to spring.

“Spring is knocking at that door and it’s coming in,” said the network’s chief meteorologist Chris Scott.

“The crack in the armour of winter is showing and it’s really going to break down almost all at once through to the middle to the latter half of March.”

Scott said the network is forecasting a sudden flip to spring weather in late March across Canada, but there will be some colder days interrupting the milder conditions.

“B.C. could be the first part of the country to really taste that spring weather,” said Scott, adding that the province could start getting milder weather in as little as two weeks.

The network forecasts warmer than normal temperatures across B.C. for spring, which could heighten the chance of flood warnings, but there will be spots of colder weather during the transition to spring.

The network also predicts there will be average amounts of precipitation across the province, but slightly more precipitation north of Vancouver Island.

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