Extreme cold warning dropped in Alberta
An extreme cold warning issued by Environment Canada Wednesday afternoon was dropped for the entire province of Alberta early Thursday afternoon.
The warning was dropped for Edmonton earlier in the day.
Overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, many regions experienced frigid conditions, with wind chill values between -40 and -45.
As of 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, a strip of eastern Alberta – from the Fort McMurray area south to the Lloydminster region – were under the warning.
At around 4 p.m., Edmonton and much of central Alberta were added to the list of regions under extreme cold warnings.
A full list of current extreme cold warnings can be found here.
While temperatures were a bit warmer Wednesday than they had been over the past few days, extreme cold conditions made their way into parts of Alberta later Wednesday and overnight.
Anyone exposed to the frigid conditions who isn’t dressed properly could be at great risk for frostbite and hypothermia.
Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frostbite and hypothermia.
Blowing snow advisory
A blowing snow advisory was also in place Wednesday afternoon for areas of east-central Alberta. Poor visibility was experienced Wednesday afternoon due to blowing snow from strong wind gusts in areas around Lloydminster, Vermilion, Provost, Wainwright, St. Paul, Lac La Biche, Bonnyville and Smoky Lake.
A full list of areas under the blowing snow advisory can be found here.
While Edmonton was not under a blowing snow advisory Wednesday afternoon, windy conditions made for poor visibility on area roads.
Watch below: Snowy, windy conditions for Edmonton drivers in the area of Calgary Trail and 41 Avenue SW Wednesday afternoon
Icy, white-out road conditions
Fort Saskatchewan RCMP issued a warning Wednesday afternoon, saying area roads and highways were extremely icy. Multiple collisions were reported and several vehicles hit the ditch, RCMP said shortly before 4 p.m.
Two Hills RCMP also issued a warning Wednesday afternoon, advising drivers of white-out conditions in the area. Motorists were asked to avoid driving if possible.
For up to date road conditions, visit 511 Alberta’s website.
Environment Canada said somewhat warmer temperatures are expected by Thursday afternoon.
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