Snow, wind warnings issued for southern Alberta

Environment Canada has issued wind and snowfall warnings for parts of southern Alberta.

No warnings had been issued for the City of Calgary as of mid-afternoon Saturday but areas south of the city including Okotoks, High River and Claresholm were told to expect strong and potentially damaging winds.

The gusts are expected to reach up to 100 kilometres per hour before weakening to 70 kilometres per hour by late in the afternoon.

Roof shingles and windows could be damaged by the gusts, which will be short lived.

As well, snowfall warnings have been issued for the southeastern part of the province, including Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Cressday, Medicine Hat and Suffield areas.

Those regions are expected to see total snowfall amounts of between 10 and 15 centimetres Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday.

Drivers in both the southeast and southwest are advised to prepare for rapidly changing driving conditions. 

For those in the southeast, visibility may be suddenly reduced due to heavy snow and roads may become difficult to navigate.

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