Wind warnings issued for central and southern Alberta

Many Albertans woke up to a windy winter Sunday morning.

Wind warnings are in effect for much of central and southern Alberta. (Environment Canada)

Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for much of central and southern Alberta, amid blowing snow and freezing rain.

“A strong cold front is dropping quickly southward this morning and will move through southern Alberta by afternoon,” the warning reads.

“Behind the front, strong northerly winds are gusting 90 to 100 km/h.”

The warning adds rain showers will turn to flurries with reduced visibility in the afternoon.

“Temperatures will also drop rapidly behind the front to below zero through the day. The freezing temperatures may cause icy conditions to develop on roads and sidewalks,” it reads.

“Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds.”

As of 8 a.m. Sunday, wind warnings are in effect for:

  • Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre
  • Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan
  • Cardston, Fort Macleod, Magrath
  • Calgary
  • Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Foremost
  • Drayton Valley, Devon, Rimbey, Pigeon Lake
  • Drumheller, Three Hills
  • Hanna, Coronation, Oyen
  • Leduc, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield
  • Lethbridge, Taber, Milk River
  • Lloydminter, Wainwright, Vermillion, Provost
  • Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Suffield
  • Okotoks, High River, Claresholm
  • Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail, Stettler



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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.

History

Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
Geography

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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