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More heavy snow hits BC's Interior, northern Alberta, extreme wind chills grip the region

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    Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 8:25 AM -

    Winter weather is relentless across parts of the west with more heavy snow forecast in BC and Alberta.

    An intense Pacific storm spread moisture and cold arctic air over the BC Interior Tuesday night.

    "The result will be heavy snow over portions of the central Interior and the BC Peace River region," says Environment Canada.

    Heavy snow is expected to continue through Thursday with 20-30 cm forecast in the hardest hit places. As much as 40 cm of snow is possible in the Williston and McGregor region.

    The snow will gradually spread eastward with up to 20 cm expected over parts of northern Alberta through Thursday with narrow bands of heavier snow giving higher accumulations possible.

    "This area will remain nearly stationary until Friday and therefore total snowfall accumulations could be higher by the time the snowfall ends," EC adds.

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    In addition to the heavy snow, frigid temperatures and extreme wind chills continue to grip much of the Prairies.

    Wind chill warnings were issued across the Prairie provinces Wednesday with wind chill values reaching the -40 to -45 range in some places.

    At these extreme wind chill values frostbite on exposed skin may occur in less than 10 minutes.

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