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Alberta bracing for extreme cold

Last Updated Jan 13, 2020 at 10:49 am MST

(PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Brace yourself, temperatures are blisteringly cold this week.

An extreme cold warning is in effect for the majority of Alberta including, Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Chestermere and surrounding areas.

Windchills of minus 40 or colder are expected over the next few days.

Stuart Brideaux with EMS says everyone should be prepared for the elements.

“If you know you’re going to be outside, whether it’s recreation or work or play, ensure that you are dressing in layers. Any warm, insulating layers you can wear closer to the body and the further layers outward to be wind and waterproof ideally.”

Brideaux adds the extreme windchills also increase the risk of developing frostbite and recommends you cover all exposed skin and make sure you wear proper footwear to prevent slipping on icy sidewalks.

While no alerts are in place right now for the City of Calgary, the bitter cold could cause problems for those commuting to work.

“With those extreme cold temperatures, you can have the formation of ice on some parts of the roadway,” said Chris McGeachy with Calgary roads.

Homeless shelters like the Calgary Drop-In Centre are expecting an influx of people as the temperatures continue to dip.