EDMONTON – As scattered showers fell in the Edmonton area Tuesday afternoon, a number of weather warnings and advisories were put in place throughout Alberta. Environment Canada issued freezing rain warnings for a large portion of central and east central Alberta.
It said a band of freezing rain has or will be moving through parts of central Alberta Tuesday evening.
The affected areas stretch from north of Edmonton, south towards Tofield, and east towards the Saskatchewan border.
“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery,” Environment Canada said on its website.
“Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.”
The City of Edmonton was not included in the weather warning, though light rain was falling in the region early Tuesday afternoon. Sidewalks and roads were starting to become slick as evening temperatures drop.
In a tweet sent just before 4:00 p.m. the City of Edmonton said it was aware of the slick conditions, and planned to respond with sanders accordingly.
It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to throw some salt onto your sidewalk at home.
Through the mountain parks region, more active weather was wrecking havoc on the area roads. Heavy snow was falling throughout the day in Jasper and Banff.
Total snowfall accumulations will likely be in the 10-20 cm range by Tuesday evening. However, near the B.C. border, Environment Canada expected local areas to see as much as 25 cm.
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It also predicted “another system will bring more snow to these regions on Wednesday, with another 10 to 20 cm expected.”
Other weather alerts were also in place Tuesday afternoon. Freezing drizzle advisories were in place and then dropped for areas near Fort Chipewyan, while communities in southern Alberta were placed under wind warnings.