Winds of 100 km/h batter parts of southern Aberta

Piercing winds blew through Calgary and across central and southern Alberta Tuesday morning, with forecasters saying gusts up to 100 km/h were possible.

Meanwhile, in parts of central Alberta, heavy snowfall together with strong winds created dangerous road conditions.

At 4:26 a.m. Tuesday, Environment Canada issued a wind warning for the City of Calgary and surrounding region.

That warning was lifted at about 12:30 p.m. But wind warnings remained in effect Tuesday afternoon for much of eastern Alberta, from Cold Lake to as far south 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. 

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

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

Central Alberta hit by double whammy

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

Edmonton, St. Albert and Sherwood Park were under a snowfall warning and were anticipated to see winds blowing up to 70 km/h. The snowfall warning covered 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 was under a winter storm warning. Residents could see between 20 and 30 cm of snow before the precipitation tapers off, said Environment Canada.

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

Environment Canada warned 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.

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