Winter storm watch in effect

"A winter storm will bring multiple hazards to central Alberta on Monday"

A Winter Storm watch is in effect for areas of Alberta, including The City of Edmonton, Westlock, Slave Lake, Whitecourt, Peace River, Grande Prairie and Drayton Valley

Environment Canada said the storm will bring heavy snow, freezing rain, strong winds, blowing snow and a rapid drop in temperatures.

Patchy freezing rain will begin Sunday night in areas between Grande Prairie and Edmonton. This area of freezing rain will move eastward through the day impacting the Edmonton area in the morning and the Lloydminster area by the afternoon. Expect icy conditions along area highways including Highways 2, 16 and 43. Freezing rain will change to snow in most areas by the evening.

Heavy snow will begin Monday morning over the Peace Region and will move to the southeast through the day bringing up to 15 cm. The heaviest snow is expected to fall west of the Swan Hills. Heavy snow will taper off in the evening.

As the snow pulls off strong northwest winds will develop. Wind gusts up to 70 km/h will cause poor visibility in blowing snow in the afternoon and evening. These winds will taper off overnight.

Temperatures will drop rapidly with the northwest winds. Temperature drops of 10 to 15 degrees Celsius are possible in a short period of time. Wet surfaces from the earlier precipitation may re-freeze causing more icy conditions.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

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