Snow and wind slam central and northern Alberta

WATCH ABOVE: Nicola Crosbie has your full weather forecast for Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, including all the snow, cold and wind warnings.

EDMONTON — Heavy snow and wind made for treacherous driving conditions in and around Edmonton Thursday afternoon.

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A snowfall warning, which was put in place for much of the Capital Region and other parts of Alberta Wednesday, remained in place Thursday evening.  A total of 10 to 15 centimetres is expected for the Edmonton region and up to 20 cm for the Peace Country. And the snow isn’t expected to let up until Friday.

Several area highways were in terrible condition Thursday evening. Here in Edmonton, police advised motorists to avoid downtown all together due to poor winter driving conditions. McDougall and Bellamy hills were both closed for a period of time during the Thursday evening commute because vehicles were stuck on both hills.

Edmonton police responded to 85 collisions between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday. Of those, 65 involved property damage, 14 were hit-and-runs and six involved injuries.

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An Arctic air mass moved into the province Wednesday evening, bringing significantly colder temperatures to most of Alberta. Some regions were even under an extreme cold warning.

Moisture from a Pacific weather system moved over top of Arctic air, producing heavy snowfall in parts of central and northern Alberta.

“A low from B.C. has brought moisture over the Rockies, combined with an Arctic airmass that’s moving down from the north,” explained Global Edmonton’s Chief Meteorologist Nicola Crosbie.

“Temperatures will steadily drop throughout Thursday with the onset of the Arctic air.”

“Wind chill values Thursday will be near -25, falling to -30 by Friday morning,” Crosbie added.

Crosbie said the same system caused freezing rain in southern Alberta on Thursday. It also brought with it very strong winds to southwestern Alberta, with gusts of 100 km/h or more forecast to develop Friday.

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published Feb. 4 and updated Feb. 5 with the latest weather information.

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