Winds of 100 km/h could batter Calgarians today – CBC.ca

Winds could gust up to 100 km/h across central and southern Alberta today. Blowing snow is expected in Edmonton and across east-central Alberta.

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Weather warnings say blowing snow and strong winds can be expected across central and southern Alberta on Tuesday. (Patti Edgar/CBC )

Piercing wind is blowing through Calgary and across central and southern Alberta this morning, with gusts up to 100 km/h in the forecast.

Meanwhile, in parts of central Alberta, heavy snowfalls together with strong winds are creating dangerous road conditions.

At 4:26 a.m. Tuesday, Environment Canada issued a wind warning for the City of Calgary and surrounding region. The communities affected include Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre and Brooks.

Wind warnings are in effect for much of southeastern Alberta, between Cochrane and Oyen and south as far as Cypress Hills Provincial Park.

Wind warnings for the areas surrounding Lethbridge, Waterton Lakes National Park and Cardston ended after 9 a.m.

The strong winds developed overnight across central and southern Alberta, reaching 100 km/h. 

In the Calgary area, the worst of the gusts are expected to taper off in the morning, but areas to the east and north of the city will still get strong winds in the afternoon.

Environment Canada is warning that damage could occur to roofs and windows. Officials say to be aware of loose objects that can be easily picked up and carried by the wind.

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The red areas indicate snowfall, winter storm or wind warnings. (Environment Canada)

Central Alberta hit by double whammy

A heavy snowfall is blanketing parts of central Alberta, which is also experiencing strong winds. The region could get between 10 and 25 centimetres of snow. 

Edmonton, St. Albert and Sherwood Park are under a snowfall warning and are anticipated to see winds blowing up to 70 km/h in the morning. The snowfall warning covers a swathe of central Alberta stretching from Fox Creek to Cold Lake.

The Bonnyville, St. Paul, Cold Lake and Lac La Biche area in east-central Alberta is still under a winter storm warning. Residents could see between 20 and 30 cm of snow before the precipitation tapers off later this afternoon.

A snowfall warning for the Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge and Valleview area ended mid-morning Tuesday. 

Environment Canada warns that the combination of heavy snow and strong winds can make driving conditions more dangerous.

“Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Take frequent breaks and avoid strain when clearing snow,” the agency cautioned in an advisory.