UPDATE 2 Winter weather shows up in central Alberta this week

UPDATE 2 Winter weather shows up in central Alberta this week

UPDATE 2 Hwy #2, Hwy #2A, secondary highways very icy, be cautious

UPDATE 2

Overnight from Oct. 31 freezing rain and wet snow have accumulated in the central Alberta area, particularly in the Ponoka-Wetaskiwin-Leduc corridor. Roads are slushy and icy in some areas, so drive with caution.

UPDATE Snow has started to fall across central Alberta Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Several RCMP detachments have already issued road warnings, as the wet snow is leaving a slippery layer on road surfaces. Please drive with caution.

ORIGINAL STORY

Central Alberta communities like Wetaskiwin, Stettler and Rimbey better break out the snow brushes and shovels as the weather is going to change for the worse this week.

According to Environment Canada, Tuesday, Oct. 31 will likely see up to 10 cm of snow and 2-4 cm of rain in areas around Wetaskiwin. The rest of the week, up to Thursday, could see up to 4-5 cm more of snow on and off, mostly the same in the Stettler area, somewhat less in the Ponoka and Rimbey areas.

Snow in the immediate Red Deer area won’t be as heavy, peaking at roughly 5 cm.

The snow is apparently supposed to taper off by the weekend, but that’s not the end of the bad news.

Cold weather is also showing up, with daily highs of -7 to -9 degrees and lows at night getting as cold as -15 degrees by Sunday, Nov. 5.

stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca