March 21, 2016 12:09 pm
Updated: March 21, 2016 2:38 pm

Snowfall warning for communities surrounding Edmonton

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EDMONTON – Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings for the areas to the west, north and east of Edmonton, including Spruce Grove and Fort Saskatchewan.

It was later expanded to include central Alberta communities along the eastern edge of the province.

The national weather agency said just before 9 a.m. radar detected a band of heavy snow stretching across the province, from near Grande Cache to Vegreville.

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The band of snow is expected to be nearly stationary throughout the morning and afternoon, during which time about 10 to 15 centimetres of snow is expected to accumulate rapidly before it tapers off Monday evening.

Five to 10 centimetres of snow is expected in areas outside the band of heavy snow.

The warning is in place for the following regions:

  • Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Redwater, Smoky Lake
  • Hinton, Grande Cache
  • Lloydminster, Wainwright, Vermilion, Provost
  • Spruce Grove/ Stony Plain, Morinville, Mayerthorpe, Evansburg
  • Westlock, Barrhead, Athabasca, Boyle
  • Whitecourt, Edson, Fox Creek, Swan Hills
  • Hanna, Coronation, Oyen

Snowfall warnings are issued when snowfalls exceeding 10 cm in 12 hours are expected.

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One of the best ways to track hazardous driving conditions is from local viewer reports. The#yegtraffic hashtag is often used by Twitter users reporting traffic issues within Edmonton, and #ABroads for elsewhere in Alberta.

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

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