Lynden Fischer and Adam Saltesz make their way along downtown in the snowy rain Thursday morning. (Photo by Susan Zielinski/Advocate staff)

Special weather statement in effect for Red Deer, central Alberta

A special weather statement is in effect for Red Deer and central Alberta due to wintery weather that is expected to last through Tuesday.

“Off and on periods of snow, rain and freezing rain are in store for many areas of central and eastern Alberta over the next 24 hours,” Environment Canada said Sunday.

“Snow will begin in earnest Monday morning for areas along the foothills and by the afternoon for central areas, including the Edmonton Metro.”

Five to 10 centremetres is expected for areas near Nordegg and Rocky Mountain House by Monday evening, while two to five centimetres can be expected for areas near and southwest of Edmonton.

An additional five to 10 centimetres is likely overnight Monday night from the B.C. border near Hinton and Grande Prairie southeast through Edmonton and into Saskatchewan for a total of 10-15 centimetres by Tuesday morning.

“On Tuesday, winds will increase from the northwest and blowing or drifting snow is likely before the winds weaken Tuesday evening,” said Environment Canada.

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