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M.D. of Lesser Slave River near Smith and Fawcett Lake

Alerts in Effect

Winter Storm Watch

Issued at 04:31 Wednesday 21 March 2018

Significant snow and strong winds giving occasional blowing snow are expected Thursday evening into Friday.

A low pressure system will move into central Alberta Thursday evening bringing heavy snow and strong winds to western and central parts of the province. Current indications suggest the heaviest snow will fall in an area that extends from Peace River southwards to Grande Prairie and then eastwards into the Whitecourt and Barrhead regions where 10 to 20 cm of snow is possible by Friday evening. In addition, strong easterly winds, with gusts upwards of 60 km/h, will accompany the snow giving occasional reduced visibilities in blowing snow, especially in open areas and along exposed highways. Conditions will improve Friday night as the low pressure system moves out of the province.

There is still some uncertainty with the position and track of the low pressure system and as such this watch may need to be expanded to include adjacent regions when the track becomes more clear.


Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

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

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