Freezing rain warning issued for northwestern Alberta

Communities in northwestern Alberta are being told to brace for freezing rain.

Cold drizzle expected to hit Monday morning

Extended periods of freezing rain are expected Monday in northwestern Alberta. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Communities in northwestern Alberta are being told to brace for freezing rain.

Environment Canada issued freezing rain warnings Monday for areas including Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Valleyview, Peace River, Slave Lake Fairview, High Prairie and Wabasca.

An area of patchy freezing rain developed over the Grande Prairie and southern Peace River overnight Sunday, Environment Canada said.

The freezing rain is expected to move east into Red Earth Creek and Slave Lake later Monday morning. 

Drivers are being told to brace for icy conditions as highways, roads and parking lots may become slippery during the cold drizzle.

The freezing rain is expected to clear by noon.

Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.

There is a slight risk of freezing rain in Edmonton Monday.

Here is the latest Environment Canada forecast for the capital region:

Today: Mainly cloudy with 30 per cent chance of flurries this morning and risk of freezing rain. Clearing this afternoon. High 3 C.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 3. Wind chill near –7.

Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High of 3 C.