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Coldest place in B.C. welcomes freezing temperatures

11/14/2014 03:06 EST | Updated 01/14/2015 05:59 EST
A spell of cold weather is settling in throughout B.C., and the coldest temperatures in the province are in the Peace region.

Today, the mercury will hit a high of -15 in Dawson Creek.

"This time of year, it's the fight between arctic air and polar air, until the real full-blown winter sets in," says Environment Canada meteorologist and former Peace resident Doug Lundquist.

Over the past few days, it's the arctic air that has won out.

But not everyone is cowering from the frigid temperatures. The cold snap is good news for Tim Ewart, who is a grain farmer in Pouce Coupe.

"The big benefit is that we had at least a meter of snowfall a couple of weeks ago, and the ground was very warm," he told Daybreak North's Carolina de Ryk.

"So that snow almost all melted, and entered that thirsty, thirsty soil, and that's been just great for the forest, for agriculture, just for everything." 

Beyond his farm, Ewart is enjoying the early winter weather, and says he's been cross-country skiing almost every day.

The weather is supposed to warm up a bit over the weekend, with a balmy high of -4 on Saturday.

Ewart says that will buy farmers like himself a bit of time to get everything fully ready for winter.

"If it gets a little warmer it will be easier to do some of the things that have yet to be tidied up for winter."

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