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Entire provinces are under extreme cold weather alerts

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold weather alert for the entire province of Alberta and Ontario, with pockets of other provinces and territories across the country included in the alert.

<who> Photo Credit: Environment Canada. </who> Extreme Cold Weather alerts across Canada.

On the morning of Dec. 31, 2017, temperatures in northern Alberta were sitting at -37 degrees Celsius with a windchill of -42 C.

<who> Photo Credit: The Weather Network. </who> New Year's Eve morning temperature in High Level, Alberta.

Eight hours north of Edmonton, Roy Feher, from High Level emailed NowMedia with a few pictures showing the icy cold temperatures he's experiencing this morning.

<who> Photo Credit: Google Maps. </who> High Level, AB

Feher took the photos from the safety of inside his home.

<who> Photo Credit: Roy Feher. </who> High Level, Alberta.

But it's not just the northern cities at risk. Calgary is under the same alert with current temperatures of -30 C and a windchill of -42 C.

"A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected," stated Environment Canada (EC).

EC is recommending that pets stay inside and people should take necessary precautions to avoid frostbite, which can occur within minutes.

<who> Photo Credit: Roy Feher </who> High Level, AB

The extreme cold weather alert is due to an Arctic air mass that is blanketing major portions of Canada.

The frigid Arctic air mass is hitting northern Ontario with wind chill temperatures sitting at -45 and is expected to drop again on Monday.

EC is encouraging residents to check on older family, friends and neighbours.

These cold temperatures are hitting southern Ontario as well, with warnings of -30 C in Toronto.

"Although winds are relatively light, the extreme cold is expected to produce windchill values below minus 30 this morning, and again tonight. New Year's Eve revellers are cautioned that windchill values will be near minus 30 late this evening as we ring in 2018," stated EC regarding Toronto.

Northern B.C. is also under an extreme cold warning, as well as portions of the Yukon, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Quebec.

For the latest weather information, visit Environment Canada.

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