Strong winds were expected to cover much of Southern Alberta on Friday, January 4.

According to Environment Canada, wind gusts are expected to move through the Calgary area late morning to early afternoon. Gusts are expected to reach 90 km/h before weakening in the afternoon.

Winds are expected to move eastward toward the Saskatchewan border with gusts up to 100 km/h in the region.

A wind warning is in place for the Town of Strathmore, parts of Rocky View County near Chestermere, Siksika Nation, and Wheatland County near Hussar, Lyalta, Carseland, Standard and Gleichen.

Today in Strathmore expect a high of 10 C and a low of – 7 C with the wind southwest gusting from 20 km/h to 40 km/h going up to 90 km/h this morning and then diminishing to 30 gusting to 50 km/h this afternoon.

Avalanche Alert

If you are heading to the mountains this weekend, Avalanche Canada has issued a warning for the Kananaskis Country area strongly advising people to avoid all avalanche terrain at this time. 

The weather forecast is calling for an additional 30 to 50 cm of snow in Kananaskis Country over 24 hours along with warm temperatures and strong winds. 

The Parks Canada Public Avalanche Forecast danger rating for Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks is extreme. People should avoid all avalanche terrain as natural and human -triggered avalanches are certain.

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