It’s going to feel like February in Yellowknife Thursday morning.

Environment Canada expanded the extreme cold warning issued for much of the Northwest Territories to include the capital region Wednesday.

Extreme conditions are expected to appear throughout the North Slave and to persist elsewhere in the NWT as the frigid system that sent the mercury into a freefall in the Beaufort Delta moves south.

The windchill in Yellowknife is expected to be between -50 and -55.

“These extreme cold wind chill values will persist into Friday and may linger into the weekend in some communities,” the Environment Canada warning reads. 

Those communities stretch from Lutsel K’e to Fort Liard to Deline to Inuvik and the rest of the delta.

“Extreme cold puts everyone at risk. Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.”

Craig Gilbert

Craig is an award-winning journalist who has worked in Ontario, the Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Alberta. He should be at least six feet away from you at all times.

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