Wind warnings issued for Alberta foothills, lightning in Red Deer

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Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for the Alberta foothills, with gusts expected to top 110 km/h in some areas today.

The forecast calls for strong winds across the foothills, stretching from the Canmore area south to the U.S. border. Most areas could see 90 km/h gusts, with stronger winds further south towards the Crowsnest Pass.

The southwest wind could make for hazardous conditions on rural highways, the warnings state.

There were also reports of lightning near Red Deer this morning as a rare winter thunderstorm swept by the city at about 4:30 a.m.

Warnings are issued for the following areas:

  • Cardston-Fort Macleod-Magrath
  • Crowsnest Pass-Pincher Creek-Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Kananaskis-Canmore

There were wind warnings out for other areas of southern Alberta this morning, but Environment Canada has called them off.

Although high winds aren’t forecast for Calgary, the city could see scattered showers or snow flurries today and later tonight. Temperatures are expected to remain at or near freezing for the week.

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