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Extreme cold warnings lifted for southern, central Alberta

Environment Canada has lifted all of the extreme cold weather warnings it declared early Tuesday morning.

Environment Canada was warning of very cold temperatures and wind chills in many parts of province

Extreme wind chills in some parts of the province means people need to take some extra precautions when venturing outside. (Eric Miller/Reuters)

Environment Canada has now lifted all of the extreme cold weather warnings it declared early Tuesday morning. 

The agency's public weather alerts map for Alberta was a sea of red with extreme cold warnings, as bitter wind chills made it feel like -40 C in much of the province.

The warnings covered communities to the north, east, south and west of Calgary, but not the city itself — although Calgary's high is not expected to exceed –21 C.

"Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia," Environment Canada says on its website.

Warm up coming 

The unrelenting snowfall that walloped Alberta over the last few days — with some areas in southwestern Alberta getting more than a metre — also seems to have ended for the time being.

Aside from the chance of flurries in some places, there's no snow in Environment Canada's provincial forecast.

It's expected to slowly warm up starting Wednesday, leading to double-digit highs by Sunday in Calgary and southern Alberta. 

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