A freezing rain warning was issued just after 6 a.m. Thursday for the Edmonton region, as overnight rainfall turns to ice on area roads and highways.
Environment Canada said a band of freezing rain will move east through Edmonton and surrounding areas during the morning.
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The warning was issued for the City of Edmonton and surrounding regions, and later expanded south to central Alberta.
South of Edmonton, the Millet Fire Department said area roads have turned to sheets of ice and the conditions on the QEII highway are the worst the department has seen in years.
The freezing rain warning is effect in and around the following communities:
- St. Albert
- Sherwood Park
- Drayton Valley
- Pigeon Lake
- Fort Saskatchewan
- Smoky Lake
- Spruce Grove/Stony Plain
- Red Deer
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.
Both Parkland School Division and Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools cancelled buses on Thursday morning because of the freezing rain.
One of the best ways to track locally hazardous driving conditions is from local viewer reports. The #yegtraffic hashtag is often used by Twitter users reporting traffic issues within Edmonton.
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