Both a snow squall watch and a wind warning are in effect in central Alberta, Environment Canada said Sunday morning.
“Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring,” Environment Canada said on its website.
“Winds gusting near 90 km/h are expected to develop tonight. These strong winds will persist through much of the day on Monday before easing Monday night.
“Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.”
Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds.
Snow squall watches are issued when conditions are favourable for brief but intense bursts of heavy snow producing near zero visibilities.
“A cold front will bring pockets of intense snowfall and strong northwesterly winds to southern Alberta on Sunday night and Monday morning. For brief periods, snowfall and winds could combine to reduce visibilities to near zero,” said Environment Canada.
“Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common. Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero.”
Both the warning and watch are in effect in Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe, Stettler and other central Alberta communities.