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Whispering Hills, AB

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Special Weather Statement

Issued at 04:39 Tuesday 23 May 2017

An abrupt change in the weather is coming to most of Alberta tonight into Wednesday.

A strong low pressure system is forecast to develop by this evening west of Edmonton near the BC border. This low will then move east-southeast through the province. As it does so, a big change in the weather is expected to occur.

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.

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



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