A winter storm will bring snow, freezing rain, strong winds, blowing snow and a rapid drop in temperatures to central Alberta today.

Patchy freezing rain will continue this morning causing icy conditions. The freezing rain will switch to snow this afternoon.

Heavy snow will move into the area this afternoon. Total snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm are expected by the time snow tapers off Tuesday morning.

Strong north winds and blowing snow will also develop this afternoon. Wind gusts up to 70 km/h will cause near zero visibility in blowing snow in the afternoon and evening. Conditions will improve overnight when the winds begin to taper off.

Temperatures will drop rapidly with the northwest winds. Temperature drops of 10 to 15 degrees Celsius are possible in a short period of time. Wet surfaces from the earlier precipitation may re-freeze causing more icy conditions.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

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


Dawson Creek/Fort St John Today: 

Snow, blowing snow and rapidly falling temperatures

Locations: B.C. Peace and southern Fort Nelson near Sikanni Chief.

Impacts: Reduced visibilities in blowing snow. Potential for icy surfaces following rapidly falling temperatures.

Snowfall accumulations: 2 to 10 cm

Time span: Today.

Remarks: A storm will move across the region early this morning. Snow will be accompanied by strong gusty northwesterly winds giving reduced visibility at times in blowing snow.

Temperatures will rapidly drop throughout the day as colder arctic air arrives. Some locations closer to the Rockies, such as Tumbler Ridge, will start the day just above the freezing mark. Rain mixed with wet snow, and possible melting this morning will be followed by rapidly falling temperatures this afternoon, leading to the possibility of icy surfaces.

Visibility may be suddenly reduced. Travel may be difficult due to reduced visibility in some locations. Some surfaces may become icy.