Alerts for: Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville - Redwater - Smoky Lake

Statements

4:25 AM MST Thursday 19 January 2017
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Co. of Minburn near Vegreville Inland and Warwick
  • Co. of Two Hills near Willingdon and Hairy Hill
  • Elk Island Nat. Park
  • Fort Saskatchewan and Nrn Strathcona Co.
  • Lamont Co. near Andrew and Wostok
  • Lamont Co. near Bruderheim Lamont and Peno Creek
  • Lamont Co. near Mundare Chipman and Ukrainian Village
  • Smoky Lake Co. near Smoky Lake and Waskatenau
  • Sturgeon Co. near Bon Accord Gibbons and Namao
  • Sturgeon Co. near Redwater
  • Thorhild Co. near Thorhild Opal and Radway

A fast moving low pressure system is forecast to develop in the foothills Thursday afternoon and track towards the northeast Thursday evening before exiting into the Northwest Territories Friday morning.
A mixed bag of precipitation is expected, with rain beginning near the capital region around the afternoon rush hour. As the low quickly moves off towards the north, rain will change over to freezing rain for areas near Athabasca north through to Fort Chipewyan, including areas along Highway 63. Precipitation is expected to switch over to snow by Thursday night for northern regions while areas to the south will see the precipitation end. The exact track of the low is still uncertain, however confidence is high that freezing rain will impact the highways of northeastern Alberta Thursday evening.

This Special Weather Statement will be updated as the track becomes more clear and warnings will be issued if necessary.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.storm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #ABStorm.

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