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Extreme cold snap forecast for Ottawa

Environment Canada predicts the temperature will dip down to a low -29 C overnight Thursday into Friday, with a windchill of -40.
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Get ready for extreme cold as a polar vortex strengthens over the region

Environment Canada is forecasting plunging temperatures to close out the week. 

According to the weather agency, the temperature will dip down to a low -29 C overnight, with a windchill of -40. 

It's expected to be even colder for Friday, Feb. 3, with a forecast high of -26 C and a windchill of -42. 

We also have flurries and snow squalls in the forecast for Thursday, Feb. 2. 

Environment Canada is calling for flurries, at time heavy, starting in the afternoon, with snow squalls moving in by late afternoon. 

An estimated two centimetres (cm) is forecast, with strong winds and blowing snow. 

Flurries and snow squalls will continue into the evening before clearing, with another two cm possible.

"This is going to be such a quick blast, but is going to be dangerously cold," said CityNews Ottawa weather specialist Denise Andreacchi on The Sam Laprade Show on Feb. 2. "This is a concerning cold, but luckily, it will only be for a few days."

Listen to the full interview with Denise Andreacchi below:

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