British Columbia

Dawson Creek, B.C., woman dies in extreme cold trying to get home from next-door neighbour's: police

RCMP say the woman left her neighbour's house in Dawson Creek, B.C., where she had been drinking alcohol, early Sunday morning, when temperatures fell below -40 C.

Early-morning temperatures dropped below -41 C on Sunday morning, when the woman was found

The woman was found dead outside her home in Dawson Creek, B.C., RCMP say. (Justin McElroy/CBC)

RCMP in Dawson Creek, B.C., say a woman died of exposure early Sunday after failing to make it back to her house from her next-door neighbour's home.

Detachment commander Staff Sgt. Damon Werrell said police received a call about the woman at 10:50 a.m. PT on Feb. 7. He said officers found the woman dead outside her home. Werrell said the two houses were not far apart. 

"Our investigation determined the female had been visiting a friend the night before and had been consuming alcohol. She departed the residence at around 1 a.m. ... and unfortunately did not make it home," said Werrell.

According to weather records, temperatures dropped below –41 C early Sunday in Dawson Creek, a town in northeastern B.C.

The region is under an extreme cold weather warning, with temperatures expected to sink as low as –45 C.

Extreme cold can be a threat to life after only minutes of exposure.

People are warned to take precautions when travelling in extreme cold to ensure they make it to their destination safely. Advice includes packing warm clothes, avoiding travelling alone and maintaining contact with a friend or family member.