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Snow is expected for much of Vancouver Island Thursday and strong Arctic outflow winds could also result in frigid wind chills for some places.

Snow and frigid wind chills forecast for southern BC

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    Thursday, December 5, 2013, 3:22 PM -

    Environment Canada issued a special weather statement early Thursday warning of flurries and frigid wind chills for much of Vancouver Island.

    "A low pressure system will track southward along the west coast of Vancouver Island today. Flurries associated with the low will likely give accumulations of 2 to 4 centimetres to much of Vancouver Island by this evening," EC says in their statement.

    Greater Victoria and North Vancouver Island however, are now expected to be away from the main precipitation area.

    Strong northeasterly outlflow winds gusting to 70 km/h or higher are also expected to develop Thursday night and Friday through the Fraser Valley and Howe Sound areas.

    "Wind chill values will lower to minus 16 or colder overnight as the Arctic air deepens," EC adds. "If moderate winds occur in Whistler then wind chill values there will be colder than minus 20 tonight and Friday."

    It will be feeling even colder in parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan, where wind chill values could reach -40 or colder Thursday.

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

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