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Strong winds move south, spare Edmonton region

Drivers travelling Alberta highways are being told to exercise caution as powerful winds move south across the province.

Winds have died down in Edmonton but drivers on highways are told to exercise caution

A cold front causing powerful wind gusts has moved away from the Edmonton regiojn. (CBC)

Drivers travelling Alberta highways are being told to exercise caution as powerful winds move south across the province. 

Environment Canada said there is a significant risk of "damaging" winds some areas, with gusts between 70 and 90 kilometres per hour expected. 

"Strong northwesterly winds have spread to eastern portions of central Alberta after a cold front moved through central Alberta this morning," Environment Canada said in an advisory at 10 a.m. Friday. 

"The threat for winds gusting to 90 km/h has diminished for regions to the west including the Edmonton metro region and Red Deer." 

The wind warning in place for the Edmonton region was called off around 10 a.m.

Environment Canada said the threat of damaging winds has subsided in northern Alberta but gusts up to 70 kilometres per hour will persist through the afternoon. 

As of 11 a.m., wind warnings remained in place for:

  • Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail, Stettler
  • Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Redwater, Smoky Lake
  • Leduc. Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield
  • Okotoks, High River, Claresholm
  • Lloydminster, Wainwright, Vermilion, Provost
  • Lethbridge, Taber, Milk River
  • Hanna, Coronation, Oyen
  • Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Cardston, Fort Macleod, Magrath

Snowfall warnings for a large swath of northern Alberta were lifted Friday morning.