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Freezing rain warnings cover parts of Alberta, dangerous icy roads reported

Wednesday, December 8th 2021, 12:30 pm - Drivers in Alberta are being warned to brace for a slick morning commute, as a swath of freezing rain spreads through.

Driving conditions are extremely slick across parts of central Alberta on Wednesday, as a period of freezing rain ices up roadways. While this will not be a full blown ice storm, there's been enough to compromise the morning commute.

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Widespread freezing rain warnings are in effect for the Edmonton region, and areas further north, with a special weather statement covering the city of Calgary as well. Areas along the QE2 from Calgary to Edmonton have be impacted, as well as along Highway 43 into Grande Prairie.

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"Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery," says Environment and Climate Change Canada in the warning.

Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.

The freezing rain may also be mixed with flurries at times, but the best chance for snow is for areas east of the QE2. Powerful wind gusts up to 100 km/h will continue Wednesday morning, but will ease quickly into the afternoon for the southern foothills.

Conditions overall are expected to improve through the late morning hours and early afternoon, with a milder weekend in store for much the region.

Be sure to check back for the latest updates when active weather strikes.

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