Bitter cold in British Columbia – Snow and cold move east

Wind chills as low as minus 46 C (-50.8 F) – 14 Dec 2016 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Extreme cold warning continues for the Chilcotin region, with wind chills to -40 C (-40 F). Arctic outflow warnings continue for the Central Coast – inland sections and North Coast – inland sections, with wind chills from -20 C to -25 C (-4 F to -13 F) and down to -30 C (-22 F) in the North Coast area. Arctic outflow warnings continue for Fraser Valley – east including Chilliwack, Howe Sound and Whistler regions, with wind chills to -20 C except to -25 C in the Whistler area.

NEW BRUNSWICK

Extreme Cold Warning in effect for (see link for locations):

A bitterly cold airmass will move across the province overnight Thursday and into Friday. Temperatures are expected to drop below minus 20 degrees C (-4 F) by Friday morning with winds gusting from 40 to 60 kilometers per hour (24.9 to 37.3 mph) behind a deepening low pressure system. Windchill values are expected to fall below minus 35 C (-31 F) for the early part of Friday.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nb3#1729122441404264692201612140506ww1474cwhx (also nb2, nb1, nb5, nb10, nb11, nb7, nb16, nb6 nb9 and nb8 in the address link for the other affected areas)

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Snowfall warning in effect for (see link for locations):

Snowfall, with total amounts of about 15 cm (5.9″) is expected.

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl28#175540273607013240201612140507ww1676cwhx (also nl11, nl29, nl15, nl12, nl1 and nl21 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Extreme Cold Warning for: Labrador City and Wabush region

A frigid airmass is expected to bring cold wind chills to near minus 40 C (-40 F) overnight tonight and early Thursday morning. Conditions are expected to improve during the day on Thursday before becoming even colder Thursday night and Friday morning with very cold wind chill values of minus 46 C (-50.8 F).

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl25#18434076467721114201612140507ww1777cwhx

NUNAVUT

Blizzard warning for the Resolute region. No values given.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu11#2329062141029389305201612140501ww1575cwnt

ONTARIO

Extreme Cold Warning for: Attawapiskat, Webequie and Peawanuck regions

Winds chills near minus 45 C (-49 F) are expected overnight and Thursday morning. In the Peawanuck region, winds chills will be near minus 45 C this afternoon and evening as well as tonight and Thursday morning.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on52#1516429981742798291201612120503ww1373cwto (also on12 and on50 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Snow squall warning for: Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island region

Visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

Snow squalls off Lake Superior will affect the Sault Ste. Marie area through Thursday. Total snowfall amounts of 30 to 40 cm (11.8″ to 15.7″) are expected by Thursday evening.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on35#2005041445330840201612140503ww1272cwto

Snow squall warning in effect for (see link for locations):

Visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

Multiple snow squalls from Georgian Bay are affecting areas east and southeast of the bay. Wind gusts to 75 km/h (46.6 mph), heavy snowfall and brief near whiteout conditions will make travel hazardous at times. Local snow fall amounts of 10 to 15 cm (3.9″ to 5.9″)are possible by Thursday morning (for areas other than the Niagara region).

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on28#1846193575330840201612140503ww1171cwto (also on28 and on15 in the address link for the Burk’s Falls and Parry Sound regions)

Niagara warning statement: Snow squalls off Lake Erie are affecting the the Port Colborne and Fort Erie areas. Local snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm will be possible before the squalls shift back to the south this evening. Whiteout conditions may also occur.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on17#132415124785182844201612140503ww1171cwto

Grey-Bruce and Huron-Perth areas additional statement: OPP have closed highway 21 between Owen Sound and Goderich.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on20#1849124895330840201612140503ww1171cwto (and on40 in the address link for the Huron-Perth warning)

QUEBEC

Snowfall warning in effect for: Blanc-Sablon region

Snowfall, with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm (5.9″ to 7.9″) is expected.

The snow which began this morning will intensify late in the day. Conditions will improve Wednesday night.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?qc27#916378671013706649201612140504ww1070cwul

Extreme Cold Warning for: Chibougamau, Joutel – Matagami area, Miquelon – Desmaraisville area and Waskaganish regions

Overnight tonight as well as Thursday night, temperatures will drop to near minus 30 degrees Celsius. The presence of winds will bring wind chill values between minus 38 C and minus 41 C (-36.4 F to -41.8 F).

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?qc19#905328231013706649201612140504ww1070cwul (also qc21 and qc20 in the address link for the other affected areas)

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for these links


2 thoughts on “Bitter cold in British Columbia – Snow and cold move east”

  1. Cold weather makes another push in the west before a warming trend next week, snow and cold still pushing to the east.

    ALBERTA

    3:26 PM MST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

    Co. of St. Paul near Ashmont St. Vincent and St. Lina, Elk Point and St. Edouard, Lindbergh and Frog Lake and St. Paul and Lafond; Improvement District 349 including Cold Lake Air Weapons Range; Lac La Biche Co. near Fork Lake, Heart Lake, Lac La Biche and Square Lake, Lakeland Prov. Park and Rec. Area and Plamondon Hylo and Avenir, Crow Lake Prov. Park, Wiau Winefred and Grist Lakes; M.D. of Bonnyville near Beaverdam, Bonnyville Ardmore and Kehewin Res., Cold Lake and City of Cold Lake, Fishing Lake Smt. Glendon and Moose Lake, La Corey Wolf Lake and Truman; Smoky Lake Co. near Buffalo Lake and Kikino Smts, Vilna Saddle Lake and Whitefish Lake; R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Fort MacKay and Wallace Creek, Fort McMurray and Anzac, Gipsy Lake and Whitemud Falls, Grand Rapids Wildland Prov. Park, Janvier South and Conklin, Mariana Lake, Stony Mtn Prov. Park and Engstrom Lake; Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and Demmitt, Grande Prairie and Wembley, Sexsmith and La Glace; M.D. of Greenview near DeBolt, Little Smoky, O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn Creek, Sturgeon Lake, Valleyview and New Fish Creek, Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. Area, Grande Cache Botten and Amundson, Kakwa Wildland Prov. Park and Nose Lake; Co. of Paintearth near Brownfield, Castor and Fleet, Coronation and Throne; M.D. of Acadia including Acadia Valley; M.D. of Provost near Bodo; S.A. 2 near Cessford Wardlow and Pollockville, Hanna and Richdale, Spondin and Scapa, Sunnynook; S.A. 3 near Big Stone Cappon and Gold Spur, Oyen and Cereal, Sedalia and New Brigden, Sibbald and Esther and Youngstown; S.A. 4 near Hemaruka Wiste and Monitor Creek, Kirriemuir and Compeer, Veteran and Consort; Willmore Wilderness Park; Yellowhead Co. near Big Berland and the Wildhay River, Hinton and Obed Lake Prov. Park and William A. Switzer Prov. Park; Beaver Co. near Viking and Kinsella; City of Lloydminster Alb. (and Sask.); Co. of Minburn near Innisfree Lavoy and Ranfurly, Minburn and Mannville; Co. of Two Hills near Myrnam and Derwent, Two Hills and Brosseau; Co. of Vermilion River near Dewberry and Clandonald, Islay and McNabb Sanctuary, Kitscoty and Marwayne, Paradise Valley, Tulliby Lake and Vermilion; Flagstaff Co. near Alliance and Bellshill Lake, Killam and Sedgewick, Lougheed and Hardisty; M.D. of Provost near Czar Metiskow and Cadogan, Hughenden Amisk and Kessler, Provost and Hayter; M.D. of Wainwright near Chauvin Dillberry Lake and Roros, Edgerton and Koroluk Landslide, Irma and Wainwright

    A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

    Cold overnight temperatures combined with surface winds of 10-20 km/h (6.2 to 12.4 mph) will lead to wind chill values of -40 C (-40 F) tonight and into Friday morning. Wind chill values will moderate late Friday morning although some areas will likely see values approaching -40 C again Friday night.

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ab20#2031135171776718132201612150501ww1676cwwg (also ab31, ab10, ab11, ab9 and ab30 in the address link for the other affected areas)

    BRITISH COLUMBIA

    Extreme cold warning continues for the Chilcotin region, with lows of -30 C (-22 F) and winds of 15 km/h (9.3 mph) producing wind chills of -40 C (-40 F).

    4:08 PM PST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Arctic outflow warning in effect for:

    Central Coast – coastal sections and North Coast – coastal sections

    Strong outflow winds and cold wind chill values are expected or occurring.

    An arctic ridge of high pressure continues to lie over the BC
    interior giving arctic outflow conditions over the North and Central BC Coasts. Cold temperatures combining with the outflow will result in wind chill values of minus 20 C to 25 C (-4F to -13 F) tonight and Friday morning.

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc48#130411348757831005201612150502ww1171cwvr (also bc49 in the address link for the North Coast warning)

    Arctic outflow warnings for the Central Coast – inland sections and North Coast – inland sections, with wind chills to -30 C (-22 F). Arctic outflow warnings continue for the Fraser Valley – east including Chilliwack, Howe Sound and Whistler regions, with wind chills to -20 C (-4 F),

    NEW BRUNSWICK

    Extreme cold warnings for the entire province.

    9:55 PM AST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Extreme Cold Warning in effect

    A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

    A bitterly cold airmass will move across the province tonight into Friday. Temperatures are expected to drop below minus 20 degrees C (-4 F) by Friday morning with very strong northwest winds behind a deepening low pressure system. Wind chill values are expected to fall below minus 35 (-31 F) for the early part of Friday.

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nb4#1729122441404264692201612140506ww1474cwhx (this link is the Acadian Peninsula warning but is valid for the other warning areas)

    10:01 PM AST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Snow squall warning in effect for:

    Acadian Peninsula region

    A low pressure system is expected to rapidly intensify over the Gulf of St Lawrence tonight. In the cold northwesterly flow behind the low, snow squalls are expected over the Acadian Peninsula late this evening and overnight. These snow squalls will give accumulations of 15 centimetres (5.9″) locally and will be reducing visibilities in blowing snow. Conditions should improve somewhat near dawn Friday.

    (use above link)

    NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

    Extreme cold warning continues for the Labrador City and Wabush region, with wind chills to -40 C (-40 F).

    10:45 PM NST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Blizzard warning in effect for:

    Bay of Exploits, Bonavista North, Green Bay – White Bay and Northern Peninsula East regions

    Blizzard conditions with gusty winds and visibility frequently near zero in snow and blowing snow are expected or occurring.

    Snow will develop overnight and combine with strengthening easterly winds to create blowing snow and poor visibilities. A period of blizzard conditions can be expected late in the night and early Friday morning, with near zero visibilities, as gusts reach 100 km/h (62.1 mph) along the coast. Conditions will improve later Friday morning as winds shift to a southerly direction and snow tapers off. Snowfall amounts are forecast to range from 10 to 20 cm (3.9″ to 7.9″), with the highest totals likely occurring over the Northern Peninsula.

    Occasional flurries and blowing snow will likely continue through the day Friday and Friday night as gusty southerly winds give way to strong northwesterlies up to 110 km/h (68.4 mph). Further improvement will likely follow for Saturday.

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl2#81309062710133918201612150507ww1676cwhx (also nl3, nl10 and nl18 for the other affected areas)

    10:47 PM NST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Blizzard warning in effect for:

    Bay St. George, Channel-Port aux Basques and vicinity, Corner Brook and vicinity, Gros Morne, Parson’s Pond – Hawke’s Bay and Port Saunders and the Straits regions

    Snow will continue to spread northward tonight and combine with strengthening easterly winds to create blowing snow. Conditions will further deteriorate into blizzard conditions with near zero visibilities over parts of the coast prone to enhanced easterlies, where gusts will reach 100 km/h (62.1 mph) or higher. Snowfall amounts are expected to reach near 10 cm (3.9″) by morning over most areas, with up to 20 cm (7.9″) possible over southwestern sections of the island.

    A period of improvement can be expected during the morning on Friday with the snow tapering off and the winds diminishing. Conditions will worsen again, however, later Friday, as cold a northwesterly flow off the Gulf of St. Lawrence strengthens, with gusts again in excess of 100 km/h. Frequent flurries and snow squalls will accompany the northwesterlies, likely persisting through Friday night into Saturday. Snowfall accumulations from the squalls will be highly variable, but may exceed 20 cm in some areas.

    The public should be aware that snow squall watches or warnings may follow once the current blizzard warning expires.

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl17#80537880710133918201612150507ww1676cwhx (also nl30, nl14, nl8, nl13 and nl4 in the address link for the other affected areas)

    10:06 PM AST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Blizzard warning in effect for:

    Cartwright to Black Tickle, Eagle River, Norman Bay to Lodge Bay and Red Bay to L’Anse-au-Clair regions

    Snow, at times heavy, will develop by early Friday morning and combine with strengthening northeasterly winds gusting to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) to create blizzard conditions. Total snowfall accumulations of 10 to 25 cm (3.9″ to 9.8″) are expected before the heaviest snow tapers to flurries Friday evening.

    Strong winds will persist through Friday night into Saturday morning with gusts reaching 110 km/h (68.4 mph) from a northwesterly direction. As a result, blizzard conditions will likely continue through Friday night.

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl32#914103451008042353201612150507ww1777cwhx (also nl35, nl24 and nl31 in the address link for the other affected areas)

    NOVA SCOTIA

    10:10 PM AST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Snow squall warning in effect for:

    Annapolis County, Digby County, Kings County and Yarmouth County regions

    Snow squalls are expected. Visibilities will be rapidly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow.

    Very cold northwesterly winds off the Bay of Fundy are giving flurries at times heavy and snow squalls tonight and early Friday. Near zero visibilities and significant snowfall accumulation are expected.

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ns8#80402477729109352201612150506ww1171cwhx (also ns7, ns9 and ns6 in the address link for the other affected areas)

    10:09 PM AST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Snow squall warning in effect for:

    Antigonish County, Inverness County – Mabou and north, Inverness County – south of Mabou, Pictou County and Victoria County regions

    Persistent snow squalls are expected. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

    Cold and strong northwest winds across the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait are giving flurries at times heavy, snow squalls and reduced visibilities in blowing snow. Near zero visibilities in blowing snow and significant snowfall accumulation are expected.

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ns17#80655973729109352201612150506ww1171cwhx (also ns22, ns21, ns16 and ns23 in the address link for the other affected areas)

    NUNAVUT

    3:55 PM EST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Blizzard warning in effect for:

    Iqaluit region

    Blizzard conditions expected Friday..

    A low pressure system approaching from the Labrador Sea is expected to spread snow and strong northwest winds into Iqaluit overnight which will persist through Friday into Friday evening. Snow and blowing snow are expected to give blizzard conditions Friday with visibilities of 400 metres (0.25 mi) or less much of the day. Conditions will begin to improve Friday evening as winds gradually diminish. Snowfall amounts around 5 cm (2.0 “) are expected with this system, and wind gusts could hit 80 km/h (49.7 mph) at times Friday.

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu13#9362182247744091201612150501ww1676cwnt

    ONTARIO

    Snow squall warning continues for the Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay region, with amounts to 15 cm (5.9″); for the Barrie – Collingwood – Hillsdale, Midland – Coldwater – Orr Lake and Orillia – Lagoon City – Washago regions, with winds to 75 km/h (46.6 mph) and amounts from 5 to 15 cm (2.0″ to 5.9″); and for the Bruce Peninsula – Sauble Beach – Tobermory, Hanover – Dundalk – Southern Grey County, Owen Sound – Blue Mountains – Northern Grey County, Saugeen Shores – Kincardine – Southern Bruce County and Wingham – Blyth – Northern Huron County regions, with no values given (but a statement that: “Parts of Highways 21 and 6 remain closed in the area according to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.”).

    9:38 PM EST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Snow squall warning in effect for:

    Innisfil – New Tecumseth – Angus and Newmarket – Georgina – Northern York Region

    Snow squalls are continuing off of Georgian Bay but are gradually weakening. A couple more centimetres are possible before they weaken further.

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on9#13534440536396232201612150503ww1171cwto (also on11 in the address link for the York-Durham warning)

    Warnings
    9:16 PM EST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Snow squall warning in effect for:

    Mount Forest – Arthur – Northern Wellington County region

    Snow squalls are expected. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

    Snow squalls will affect the region this evening. Local snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm (3.9″ to 5.9″) are expected in the heaviest snow squalls. Sudden whiteout conditions from bursts of heavy snow and local blowing snow are resulting in dangerous winter driving conditions.

    The snow squalls will weaken into scattered flurries later tonight.

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on38#18210082136396232201612150503ww1171cwto

    PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

    10:09 PM AST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Snow squall warning in effect for:

    Kings County P.E.I. and Queens County P.E.I. regions

    Persistent snow squalls are expected. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

    Cold and strong northwest winds across the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait are giving flurries at times heavy, snow squalls and reduced visibilities in blowing snow. Near zero visibilities in blowing snow and significant snowfall accumulation are expected.

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?pei1#80655973729109352201612150506ww1575cwhx (also pei2 in the address link for the Queen’s County warning)

    QUEBEC

    3:14 PM EST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

    Fermont region

    A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

    An arctic air mass will lie over Northern Quebec until Friday. Overnight tonight, temperatures will drop to near minus 35 degrees Celsius (-31 F). Winds will bring wind chill values down to minus 48 C (-54.04 F).

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?qc3#1536011051694548720201612150504ww1070cwul

    8:12 PM EST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

    Amos area, La Sarre area, Lebel-sur-Quévillon area, Malartic area, Rouyn area, Senneterre area, Val d’Or – Louvicourt area, Chibougamau, Brome-Missisquoi area, Coaticook area, Cookshire area, Granby – Waterloo area, Lac-Mégantic area, Mont-Orford – Lake Memphrémagog area, Richmond area, Sherbrooke area, Thetford Mines area, Weedon area, La Tuque area, Lake Bouchette area, Dorval Lodge area, Le Domaine area, Alma – Desbiens area, Ashuapmushuan Wildlife Reserve area, Normandin – Péribonka area, Saint-Félicien – Roberval area, Apica Mountain area, Grands-Jardins Park area, l’Étape area, Chutes-des-Passes – Pipmuacan Reservoir area, Labrieville area, Manic-3 area, Manic-5 area, Joutel – Matagami area, Miquelon – Desmaraisville area, Gouin Reservoir area, Parent area, Falardeau – Mont-Valin area, Rivière-Éternité – Petit-Saguenay area, Sainte-Rose-du-Nord area, Tadoussac – Baie-Sainte-Catherine area, Ville de Saguenay area and Waskaganish regions

    A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

    An arctic air mass will lie over Northern Quebec until Friday. Overnight tonight, temperatures will drop to near minus 30 degrees Celsius (-22 F). Winds will bring wind chill values between minus 38 C and minus 46 C (-32.8 F to -50.8 F).

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?qc56#905328231013706649201612140504ww1070cwul (also qc19, qc43, qc50, qc59, qc53, qc22, qc21, qc54, qc52 and qc20 in the address link for the other affected areas)

    10:35 PM EST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Snow squall warning in effect for:

    Forillon National Park – Gaspé area, Percé area, Grande-Vallée area and Sainte-Anne-des-Monts area regions

    Snow squalls are expected. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

    Snowsqualls will affect the Gaspé Peninsula coast beginning this evening through Friday. Snowfall amounts could exceed 15 centimetres (5.9″). Strong northwest winds will result in blowing snow.

    Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?qc38#94451124813231631201612150504ww1070cwul (also qc33 in the address link for the Sainte-Anne-des-Monts – Grande-Vallée warning)

    10:09 PM AST Thursday 15 December 2016
    Snow squall warning in effect for:

    Îles-de-la-Madeleine region

    Persistent snow squalls are expected. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

    Cold and strong northwest winds across the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait are giving flurries at times heavy, snow squalls and reduced visibilities in blowing snow. Near zero visibilities in blowing snow and significant snowfall accumulation are expected.

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?qc41#80655973729109352201612150506ww1373cwhx

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html

  2. More record lows in British Columbia.

    BRITISH COLUMBIA
    AWCN11 CWVR
    Weather summary for British Columbia issued by Environment Canada at 12:43 p.m. MST Thursday 15 December 2016.

    Discussion.

    A very cold arctic air mass has settled in over areas of coastal
    British Columbia. A few daily overnight low temperatures have been broken last night.

    Here is a summary of new daily record low temperatures in degrees celsius.

    Site: new record (old record and year, length of record)

    Pitt Meadows: -11.8 (-11.1 in 1922, 1900) (10.8 F, 12.0 F)
    Squamish: -12.1 (-8.3 in 1964, 1960) (10.2 F, 17.1 F)
    Whistler: -18.0 (-17.2 in 1971, 1950) (-0.4 F, 1.0 F)
    Campbell River: -13.3 (-7.9 in 2000, 1958) (8.1 F, 17.8 F)
    Bella Bella: -13.3 (-9.7 in 2008, 1977) (8.1 F 14.5 F)

    Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial information and does not constitute a complete or final report.

    End/PSPC

    http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/weathersummaries_e.html

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