Winter storm warnings in effect for Rimbey area

And most of central Alberta for Jan. 18

(Environment Canada)

Winter storm warnings are in effect for Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 in communities across central Alberta including Ponoka county near Crestomere, Rimbey, Bluffton and Hoadley

A winter storm will bring snow, freezing rain, strong winds, blowing snow and a rapid drop in temperatures to central Alberta today.

Freezing rain will continue along the Yellowhead corridor between Entwistle and Edmonton. This area of freezing rain will move eastward towards the Saskatchewan border and expand north and south through the day.

Expect icy conditions along area highways and strong northwest winds with gusts up to 80 km/h may cause poor visibility in blowing snow in the afternoon and evening. The winds will taper off overnight.

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