Wind warnings ended in southern Alberta
Strong winds diminished late this afternoon
Many areas of southern Alberta dealt with extremely windy conditions today, said Environment Canada.
"Strong westerly winds with gusts near 100 km/h are expected today," said the national weather agency on its website.
Wind warnings were issued for:
- Brooks, Strathmore and Vulcan.
- Cardston, Fort Macleod and Magrath.
- Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek and Waterton.
- Lethbridge, Taber and Milk River.
- Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail and Stettler.
As of 5:20 p.m. MT, all wind warnings for those areas had ended.
CBC weather specialist Craig Larkins said Edmonton city centre airport recorded a wind gust of 120 km/h before 12:30 p.m. MT.
Calgary was not included in the warnings, but Larkins said the city did see wind speeds peak at 66 km/h this morning.
The wind also brought some record temperatures to the area.
Larkins said winds speeds will start to ease off later on today, but that is also when the area will see temperatures drop towards the freezing mark.
The wind is also caused some dangerous highway conditions, especially for travellers on Highway 2 (QEII) between Wetaskiwin and Red Deer.
"Please be advised there are extremely high winds making travel difficult," said RCMP in a release. "Use extreme caution."
High winds caused the death of an Alberta driver north of Edmonton today.
RCMP say a vehicle travelling on Highway 44 roughly 20 kilometers north of Westlock was blown into the ditch by extremely high wind gusts.
The driver got out of the vehicle, which was stuck in the ditch, when a passing vehicle was then also blown into the ditch striking the person.
RCMP say the person died from their injuries.