TO freezing rain warning aired shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday for the Edmonton region, as overnight rain turns to ice on area roads and highways.
Environment Canada said a swath of freezing rain will move east through Edmonton and surrounding areas in the morning.
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The advisory was issued for the city of Edmonton and surrounding regions, then expanded south into central Alberta.
Flights were suspended at Edmonton International Airport because the runways were completely covered in ice, a Global News reporter at the airport learned.
South of Edmonton, the Millet Fire Department said roads in the area have turned into ice sheets and conditions on the QEII Freeway are the worst the department has seen in years.
The freezing rain warning is in effect in and around the following communities:
- St. Albert
- Sherwood Park
- Drayton Valley
- Pigeon lake
- To field
- Fort Saskatchewan
- Red water
- Smoky lake
- Spruce Grove / Stony Plain
- Red Deer
Surfaces such as roads, paths, walkways, and parking lots can become icy and slippery. Take special care when walking or driving in affected areas.
Both the Parkland School Division and Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools canceled buses Thursday morning due to freezing rain.
One of the best ways to track dangerous driving conditions locally is from local spectator reports. the #yegtraffic Twitter users often use the hashtag to report traffic issues within Edmonton.
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