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Freezing rain warnings issued for parts of central, eastern Alberta

Update: All weather warnings were dropped Wednesday morning
A view of Highway 9 near Youngstown, Alta., at 4:26 p.m. on Jan 21, 2020.
A view of Highway 9 near Youngstown, Alta., at 4:26 p.m. on Jan 21, 2020. CREDIT: https://511.alberta.ca/

UPDATE: All weather warnings were dropped Wednesday morning

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People in parts of central and eastern Alberta were advised on Tuesday that freezing rain was expected to occur later in the evening and that precipitation was expected to be followed by snow.

On Tuesday afternoon, Environment Canada issued a freezing rain warning for a number of areas in the province.

“Freezing rain is expected to develop this evening from Red Deer to Drumheller, and then spread eastwards through Hanna and Coronation overnight,” the weather agency said on its website.

“After the freezing rain, five to 10 centimetres of snow is expected to fall on top of the ice-covered surfaces.”

Global Edmonton meteorologist Jesse Beyer said “Pacific air aloft will be warm enough to support some liquid precipitation.

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“The temperature profile closer to Edmonton, as of early Tuesday evening, looks cooler aloft, which should keep our precipitation in the form of snow,” he added. “Nearly five centimetres could be on the ground by the end of Wednesday morning.”

With the freezing rain and snow, Environment Canada warned that “surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.”

“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.”

READ MORE: Freezing rain warnings issued for parts of northern Alberta on Monday

Environment Canada issues freezing rain warnings when rain falls in below -0 C temperatures and creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.

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