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No mild West Coast winter for you this week. See how long this cooldown will last.

Frigid week looms for British Columbia

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 10:43 AM -

When the Vancouver forecast talks about "wind chills," you know it's a cold day in B.C.

After a frigid start to the week, British Columbia is in for more of the same until at least the weekend.

"There's an Arctic outflow warning for parts of northern, central and southwestern B.C.," Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham said Tuesday morning.

The warning itself - a rare advisory typically only issued by Environment Canada in B.C. - only covers Whistler and inland sections of the North and Central coasts, with overnight windchill values of -20 possible.

Vancouver island and the lower mainland are under a special weather statement warning of similarly cold overnight windchills in some areas overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, a repeat of Monday's frigid temperatures.

Those frigid temperatures had the Metro Vancouver area open more than a dozen emergency shelters for the region's homeless population.

Vancouver itself was actually slightly colder than average throughout the entirety of January, although it didn't record any snowfall amounts at all, a rarity for January.

FOLLOW US IN B.C.: The Weather Network's Chris St. Clair is in British Columbia this week. Check out some of his adventures on Monday in the video below.

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