Ice downs power lines, police issue travel warnings

Fortis Alberta is reporting that freezing rain has downed a couple of power lines, in central and south-central parts of Alberta.

Fortis Alberta is reporting that freezing rain has downed a couple of power lines, in Central Alberta.

Power outages have affected about 1,700 people in the areas of Lacombe, Red Deer and Olds, as well as further south, in Pincher Creek and Vulcan.

Fortis has not yet said how long it may take to restore power to the affected areas.

Freezing rain has also made for treacherous highway conditions across Central Alberta. RCMP have issued an advisory for Hwy 2 north and southbound lanes from Red Deer to Didsbury, citing icy road surfaces and poor visibility.

Motorists are reminded to travel with extra caution.

Check here for updated weather warnings:

http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/warnings/ab_e.html

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