January 26, 2016 8:31 am
Updated: January 26, 2016 5:30 pm

Winter rain could lead to frozen roads, flooding in Edmonton region

Weather specialist Mike Sobel's forecast for Tuesday, January 26, 2016 on the Global Edmonton Morning News.

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EDMONTON – The winter warm-up prompted Environment Canada to issue a special weather statement Tuesday for Edmonton and its surrounding communities, and freezing rain warnings for a large swath of north-central Alberta.

The government weather agency said an upper level disturbance will make its way across central and northern Alberta Tuesday afternoon into the evening, bringing with it rain showers.

Though the daytime temperature will climb above zero in most areas, roads and sidewalks are expected to remain frozen. The conditions are expected to create icy roads and sidewalks.

Environment Canada said there’s the potential for five to 10 mm of rain in some places. If drains and culverts are blocked by snow and ice, that rain could lead to localized flooding.

As of noon, the special weather statement was in place for the following regions:

  • Edmonton – St. Albert – Sherwood Park
  • Spruce Grove – Morinville – Mayerthorpe – Evansburg
  • Drayton Valley – Devon – Rimbey – Pigeon Lake
  • Leduc – Camrose – Wetaskiwin – Tofield
  • Fort Saskatchewan – Vegreville – Redwater – Smoky Lake
  • Lloydminster – Wainwright – Vermilion – Provost

Freezing rain warnings were also issued for some northern parts of the province.

For the latest on the weather statement, including affected areas, visit Environment Canada’s website.

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