B.C. is in for the coldest weather yet this season, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada.
The federal weather agency posted two weather alerts early Wednesday for Metro Vancouver warning residents to be prepared for extreme frigid temperatures beginning tonight.
In an Arctic outflow warning, the agency said that while the temperature will dip to – 8 C overnight, the wind chill factors could range form from – 15 C to – 25 C.
Experts warn that exposed skin at very cold wind chills can freeze in only minutes.
Residents are being asked to ensure skin is covered with hats, scarves and mittens or gloves, and to provide shelter for pets and outdoor animals.
Others who are vulnerable include infants, seniors, and those who are outdoors for long periods of time.