Vancouver: Extra shelter spaces were open on Wednesday night in many areas of Metro Vancouver as an extreme weather alert is in effect until at least early Saturday.

Alerts are issued when temperatures in the region feel at, or below, freezing.

No record-breaking low temperatures were set yesterday across the Lower Mainland but records fell in Burns Lake and Port Hardy, while Dawson Creek recorded a new minimum low for the day of -18 Celsius, smashing the old record that had stood since 1939.

A weather system from the Gulf of Alaska and an arctic front from the Yukon are blamed for the frigid conditions across much of B-C, but conditions are expected to ease in most areas by Halloween. — The Canadian Press

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