Winter storm warning issued for eastern Alberta

By James Wood
October 2, 2017 - 7:35am

MEDICINE HAT, ALTA- Winter is coming early to the Medicine Hat area.

According to a weather advisory issued by Environment Canada, a winter storm warning has been issued for a large chunk of eastern Alberta. Hazardous winter conditions are expected.

“Snowfall totals for parts of southeastern Alberta will exceed 20 cm by Monday evening with the highest amounts expected near the Cypress Hills,” reads the advisory.

“Snowfall amounts near Calgary will be closer to 10 cm.”

Strong winds are also part of the current weather system, with speeds of 60 km per hour gusting to 90 in the forecast. While they’re expected to reduce visibility, they should subside by the afternoon.

“Snow will taper off Monday afternoon through Drumheller, Calgary and Coronation and Monday night through the far south,” reads the advisory.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays.”

The following areas are covered in the advisory.

City of Medicine Hat

Co. of Forty Mile near Bow Island and Whitla

Co. of Newell near Patricia

Co. of Newell near Tilley and Rolling Hills

Cypress Co. near Bowell and Redcliff

Cypress Co. near Bowmanton Schuler and Hilda

Cypress Co. near CFB Suffield

Cypress Co. near Dunmore and Woolchester

Cypress Co. near Irvine and Walsh

Cypress Co. near McNeill and Sandy Point District Park

Cypress Co. near Seven Persons

Cypress Co. near Suffield and Hwy 879

Cypress Co. near Tide Lake

S.A. 2 near Bindloss Empress and Social Plains

S.A. 2 near Buffalo and Cavendish

S.A. 2 near Iddesleigh and Dinosaur Prov. Park

S.A. 2 near Jenner and Atlee

Co. of Newell near Bassano

Co. of Newell near Brooks Rosemary and Duchess

Co. of Newell near Gem

Co. of Newell near Scandia and Kinbrook Island Prov. Park

M.D. of Foothills near Blackie

M.D. of Taber near Enchant

Rocky View Co. near Chestermere Dalroy and Dalemead

Siksika Res. 146

Vulcan Co. near Arrowwood Herronton and Queenstown

Vulcan Co. near Carmangay and Champion

Vulcan Co. near Lomond Travers and Little Bow Reservoirs

Vulcan Co. near Milo

Vulcan Co. near Vulcan and Ensign

Wheatland Co. near Hussar

Wheatland Co. near Standard and Gleichen

Wheatland Co. near Strathmore Lyalta and Carseland

 

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