Environment Canada issued a special weather statement that rain, strong winds and a major change in temperature are expected, beginning Tuesday evening.
The areas affected include Central Alberta and much of the rest of the province.
A strong low pressure system is forecast to develop by this evening west of Edmonton near the B.C. border. The low will then move east-southeast through the province, bringing a big change in the weather, Environment Canada said.
“An area of rain will move into west-central parts of the province on Tuesday night, into the Capital Region by Wednesday morning, and to the Saskatchewan border by Wednesday evening. The heaviest rain will extend from Hinton and Grande Prairie eastward to Edmonton, Cold Lake and Lloydminster. Current indications are that rainfall amounts will be in the 30 to 40 mm range, but some areas of 50 to 75 mm are possible, especially with any thunderstorms embedded in the rain.
“In addition, higher elevations of the foothills and mountain parks to the west of Edmonton and Calgary may see the precipitation change over to snow Wednesday morning. Current indications are that some parts of these regions may receive in excess of 10 cm of snow.
“Finally, this system will bring strong winds to much of the province. Beginning Wednesday afternoon much of east-central Alberta could see northerly winds with gusts up to 100 km/h.”
The special weather statement in effect for:
Camrose Co. near Bashaw and Meeting Creek
City of Red Deer
Co. of Paintearth near Halkirk and Big Knife Prov. Park
Co. of Stettler near Big Valley
Co. of Stettler near Botha and Gadsby
Co. of Stettler near Byemoor and Endiang
Co. of Stettler near Donalda
Co. of Stettler near Stettler Nevis and Rochon Sands
Flagstaff Co. near Forestburg and Galahad
Lacombe Co. near Clive Alix and Mirror
Lacombe Co. near Eckville
Lacombe Co. near Lacombe Blackfalds and Bentley
Ponoka Co. near Ponoka and Maskwacis
Red Deer Co. near Elnora Lousana and Delburne
Red Deer Co. near Penhold Innisfail and Bowden
Red Deer Co. near Pine Lake
Red Deer Co. near Spruce View and Red Lodge Prov. Park
Red Deer Co. near Sylvan Lake and Stephansson House
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