An arctic outflow warning is in effect for the Fraser Valley.
Global BC meteorologist Kristi Gordon says -8 degree weather is hitting the area, but the high-pressure system is driving cold air which makes it feel much colder.
“When we get this arctic outflow with these strong winds being forced through the Fraser Valley, areas like Chilliwack, Agassiz, and Abbotsford get really hit, getting the brunt of the outflow through the Valley from Hope out to those areas.”
Gordon says the region shouldn’t expect above zero temperatures at least until Thursday.
“We’re going to see temperatures, or the feels like temperatures closer to -20 in the Fraser Valley tonight, tomorrow night, and potentially even into our Wednesday night as well.”
With the Fraser Valley facing bitter cold conditions, homeless advocates are putting out another call for help.
Ward Draper with 5 and 2 Ministries says the extreme weather shelter in Abbotsford will be open for the next few nights.
He says having to keep extreme weather shelters open for months instead of weeks this season has put a massive strain on volunteers.
“Resources are being pushed to the max. We’re doing everything we can to get folks in. Our shelter is a soft 20, but of course we take anyone who comes in. Nobody wants to be out here.”
“It’s putting a massive strain on my team, we’re trying to juggle pre-existing services with this additional operation. We’re trying to find staff, volutneers, extra supplies… It’s extremely difficult.”
He says what’s needed for the homeless right now more than ever is coffee, food, blankets, and socks.