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Wind warnings remain in parts of Alberta as snowfall alerts lifted

Wind alerts are still in effect in several parts of central Alberta, but Environment Canada has ended its alerts for southern Alberta. Earlier freezing rain and heavy snowfall alerts to the north and west have also been lifted.

Environment Canada warns of wind gusts that could blow debris onto highways

Environment Canada issued wind warnings for many parts of central and southern Alberta on Friday. (Environment Canada)

Wind alerts remain in effect Friday afternoon in several parts of central Alberta, but Environment Canada has ended its alerts for southern Alberta.

Earlier freezing rain and heavy snowfall alerts to the north and west that were issued on Thursday were lifted earlier on Friday. 

The remaining wind alerts affect areas in east-central Alberta, including:

  • Red Deer, InnisfailPonokaStettler.
  • Drayton Valley, Devon, Rimbey, Pigeon Lake.
  • Fort Saskatchewan, VegrevilleRedwater, Smoky Lake.
  • Leduc, CamroseWetaskiwinTofield.
  • Lloydminster, Wainwright, Vermillion, Provost.

Gusts up to 70 km/h could develop through Friday afternoon in east-central Alberta.

"Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds," the agency said.

Environment Canada was warning of wind gusts up to 100 km/h in areas of southern Alberta, from the Okotoks area to the U.S. border.

Earlier on Friday, snowfall warnings were in place for a number of regions, including communities around Fort Chipewyan, Fort McMurray, Peace River and Wabasca — but those were later lifted. 

​Overnight, there was also a snow warning for Banff National Park and a freezing rain warning for Bonnyville, St. Paul, Cold Lake, Lac La Biche and Slave Lake. Environment Canada was reminding drivers to use caution on roads and highways in those areas. 

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