Alberta said to prepare for harmful winds, heavy snow



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Motorists traveling on Alberta highways are being advised to act cautiously as a mix of strong winds and blown snow is expected to hit the province on Friday.

Strong winds combined with snowfall will create poor visibility on the region's roads in the morning, Environment Canada said in a statement.

The weather agency said there is a significant risk of "damaging" the winds – and Edmonton will be hit during the morning rush.

Gusts of wind between 70 and 90 kilometers per hour are expected in the region of the capital. Periods of weak snow are also expected in Edmonton, with risk of freezing rain.

"Strong northwestern winds are developing behind a cold front this morning," Canada's Environment Ministry said in a statement.

"As the winds spread southeast, strong gusts will hit the Red Deer, Lloydminster and Hanna regions by mid-morning and will continue until the afternoon."

From 5am on Friday, wind warnings remained in place to:

  • City of Edmonton – St. Albert – Sherwood Park
  • Drayton Valley – Devon – Rimbey – Lake Pigeon
  • Cardston – Fort Macleod – Magrath
  • Crowsnest Pass – Pincher Creek – Waterton Lakes Nat. Park
  • Fort Saskatchewan – Vegreville – Redwater – Smoky Lake
  • Hanna – Coronation – Oyen
  • Leduc – Camrose – Wetaskiwin – Tofield
  • Lethbridge – Taber – River of Milk
  • Lloydminster – Wainwright – Vermilion – The Rector
  • Okotoks – High River – Claresholm
  • Red Deer – Ponoka – Innisfail – Stettler
  • Spruce Grove – Morinville – Mayerthorpe – Evansburg

Other areas of the province are being warned to protect themselves from heavy snow. Between 10 and 20 inches is expected in some areas.

Snow is expected to finish on Friday night for parts of northwestern Alberta. It will continue through Saturday morning to the communities closest to the Saskatchewan border.

Strong winds with bursts of 50 to 70 kilometers per hour also produce little visibility and blow snow, Environment Canada warned.

The snowfall warnings are also in effect for several regions, including:

  • Fort Chipewyan – Wood Buffalo National Park
  • Fort McMurray – Fort MacKay
  • High Level – Rainbow Lake – Fort Vermilion
  • Peace River – Fairview – High Prairie – Manning
  • Wabasca – Unparalleled Lake – Present Lake – Cadotte Lake

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