Alberta faces its first weekend of winter weather

Dropping temperatures, freezing rain and amounts of snow are all included in a weekend forecast that seems to kick-off winter in the province.

Albertans are being advised to bundle up this weekend, ahead of what looks like a very unpleasant, wintery forecast.

Drastic drops in temperature, as well as heavy snowfall, are slated to move in starting this evening.

An Environment Canada snowfall warning has been issued this morning for the Edmonton area, with large volumes of snow expected for the city, as well as for regions east and west of the city. Areas to the northwest of Edmonton are also now under a winter storm warning.

Freezing rain warnings were issued this morning for north, central and eastern Alberta, with rain also falling west of the city.

This morning's rain showers will first become snow light into the evening, then heavy snow by tomorrow morning. As much as 20 centimetres of snow is forecasted for the in Edmonton area. Areas west of the city, including Spruce Grove and Barrhead, will also see a significant dump of snow. Areas east of the city could see 10 centimetres of snow or more.

If you find yourself needing to drive this weekend, please give yourself extra time on the roads for the conditions.

Environment Canada and  The Weather Network frequently post updates changes to the forecast on their websites. The AMA Road Report is another public tool you can use to stay updated on road and traffic conditions.

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