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Environment Canada issues weather warning for Whistler ahead of Arctic blast

Temperatures on Thursday could feel like -23 degrees C in the valley
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An incoming blast of Arctic air this week will result in the coldest temperatures Whistler's seen so far this winter.

Much of B.C. is bracing for some bone-chilling temperatures this week, and Whistler is no exception. 

Environment Canada on Sunday issued a special weather statement in effect for Whistler and the Howe Sound region, warning that colder-than-usual conditions are on the way courtesy of an influx of Arctic air. 

While the resort—and the rest of the province—has experienced relatively mild temperatures throughout the first half of this winter, the blast of freezing air currently blowing southwards across B.C. is expected to bring the coldest conditions seen so far this season. 

According to the weather agency's statement, "the cold air will be in place throughout the province by Monday, and persist for the remainder of the week." Temperatures in B.C.'s Interior regions are expected to fall 10 to 20 degrees below the seasonal average, while coastal areas will see temperatures dip five to 10 degrees lower than usual. 

Tuesday, Feb. 9 to Thursday, Feb. 11 are shaping up to be the coldest days of the week in Whistler, with Environment Canada's forecast for the resort currently calling for a high of -9 degrees C. With the windchill, that could feel more like -23 degrees C in the valley, according to The Weather Network

If chilly temperatures aren't enough to scare you away from the slopes, you may want to consider throwing on an extra layer or three. Snow-forecast.com is calling for temperatures at 1480 metres of elevation on Wednesday and Thursday to dip into the -30s with the wind chill. 

The lowest temperature recorded in Whistler on these dates since record-keeping began in 1977 was on Feb. 9, 1982, when thermometers in the valley plunged to -20.5 degrees C.