Hold on to your hats and bundle up, Edmonton. It’s a windy one out there!
Strong winds are making their way across Alberta, bringing gusts of over 100 km/h, according to a recent warning from Environment Canada.
These warnings are in effect for much of the province, encompassing the regions of Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre, Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan, Cardston, Fort Maclead, Magrath, the City of Calgary, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Waterton Lakes National Park, Drayton Valley, Devon, Rimbey, Pigeon Lake, Drumheller, Three Hills, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Redwater, Smoky Lake, Hanna, Coronation, Oyen, Kananaskis, Canmore, Leduc, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield, Lloydminster, Wainwright, Vermilion, Provost, Okotoks, High River, Claresholm, Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail, Stettler, Spruce Grove, Morinville, Mayerthorpe, Evansburg, Westlock, Barrhead, and Athabasca.
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Furthermore, the regions of Banff National Park, Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Valleyview, Hinton, Grand Cache, and Jasper National Park have all fallen under snowfall warnings.
Winds are expected to get stronger this afternoon, “with gusts above 90 km/h likely and gusts above 100 km/h possible at times.”
“High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds,” the warning states.
The dangerous weather is expected to head off to Saskatchewan by this evening, though the warning also noted that a cold front will likely follow up with a sharp drop in temperature.