Upwards of 20 centimetres of snow is possible for some parts of Alberta by Wednesday morning.
Snowfall warnings were in place Tuesday morning for parts of central Alberta stretching from Airdrie up to Leduc, as well as areas along the western border from Hinton to Grande Prairie.
Snow mixed with rain is expected to begin Tuesday morning and continue into the afternoon, according to Environment Canada. The mixed precipitation is expected to turn to snow early Tuesday evening as temperatures cool down, the weather agency said.
Heavy snowfall with total accumulations between 10 to 20 centimetres of snow, depending on the region, is possible Tuesday night.
Within the city of Edmonton itself — which was under the snowfall warning Tuesday morning — Global Edmonton chief meteorologist Jesse Beyer said about five to 10 centimetres of snow is expected.
“Keep in mind, much will melt on contact initially, so totals will vary greatly within city limits and surrounding areas,” Beyer explained.
“Expect waves of snowfall to move in from the south and southeast through the day. Snowfall will affect visibility in city limits and surrounding highways.
“Expect snowfall to continue through Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning. Temperatures and conditions will improve through the workweek, and we should be in the mid- to upper-teens by the weekend and early next week.”
The heavy snow is expected to end on Wednesday morning.
“Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions,” Environment Canada said in its warning.
“Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.”
Cochrane RCMP advised of hazardous driving conditions Tuesday afternoon. Police said hills, such as Highway 1A and Highway 22 in and out of Cochrane, were especially hazardous. Drivers in the area were dealing with reduced visibility, ice and snow accumulation, RCMP said.
For up-to-date road conditions, follow 511 Alberta.
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