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Abrupt Weather Change Coming To Alberta Tonight!

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A Special Weather Statement has been issued by Environment Canada for most of Alberta, as an abrupt change in the weather is expected tonight into Wednesday.

Meteorologists say a strong low pressure system is forecast to develop by this evening west of Edmonton near the BC border. This low will then move east-southeast through the province. As it does so, a big change in the weather is expected to occur.

An area of rain will move into west-central parts of the province on Tuesday night, into the Capital Region by Wednesday morning, and to the Saskatchewan border by Wednesday evening. The heaviest rain will extend from Hinton and Grande Prairie eastward to Edmonton, Cold Lake and Lloydminster. Current indications are that rainfall amounts will be in the 30 to 40 mm range, but some areas of 50 to 75 mm are possible, especially with any thunderstorms embedded in the rain.

In addition, higher elevations of the foothills and mountain parks to the west of Edmonton and Calgary may see the precipitation change over to snow Wednesday morning. Current indications are that some parts of these regions may receive in excess of 10 cm of snow.

Finally, this system will bring strong winds to much of the province. Beginning Wednesday afternoon much of east-central Alberta could see Northerly winds with gusts up to 100 km/h.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #ABStorm.

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Flames sign Kadri to 7-year, $49-million deal, trade Monahan to Canadiens

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CALGARY — The Calgary Flames have signed forward Nazem Kadri to a seven-year, US$49-million deal. 

The 32-year-old Kadri was one of the biggest names available in free agency after an all-star season with Colorado that ended with the Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup.

Kadri had 28 goals and 59 assists in 71 games for the Avalanche in 2021-22.

He added 15 points in 16 playoff games, including the overtime winner in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final against Tampa Bay. 

That was his return to action after being injured in Game 3 of the Western Conference final after being hit from behind by Edmonton forward Evander Kane.

The Flames also sent forward Sean Monahan and a conditional 2025 first-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for future considerations in a move to create salary cap space for Kadri’s contract.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 18, 2022.

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Wolf found dead by roadside, another missing after B.C. zoo escape

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ALDERGROVE — The Greater Vancouver Zoo says one of the wolves that escaped their enclosure this week has been found dead on a roadside, and that second wolf is still missing.

The zoo in Aldergrove, B.C., has been shut for three days while workers and conservation officers searched for the wolves, which Langley RCMP suspect got loose when someone deliberately damaged the animals’ enclosure.

The zoo’s deputy general manager Menita Prasad says both the wolf enclosure and the zoo’s perimeter fence had been deliberately cut.

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