If you're traveling to the Foot Hills/Calgary area these next few days, brace yourself for some high winds.

When some think of high wind speeds, they may have tornado-like spirals of dirt and debris in their minds extending into the heavens. Although we are not expecting a literal tornado, we can expect some fairly high wind volumes throughout South-Western Alberta.

"Drumheller is east of the strong wind area but if you're heading westward, especially in that south-west part of the province, it's going to be blowing," explained Meteorologist for Environment Canada, Dan Kulak. "Obviously, it depends if you're driving into it but in general, from the weather perspective; You're going to have the wind to deal with if you're driving into that southern/western part of the province."

"These wind warnings are along the area of the Foot Hills. We have winds in there up to 90km/h. Today, in the Nordic area, increasing wind gusts will be up in the 150km/h range. Particularly for today and tomorrow."

Kulak says that winds stronger then 130km/h have the power to move vehicles off the road and suggests extreme caution if you need to travel through these areas.

"It's been a windy beginning to the new year here and with that wind, we have the warmer weather but temperatures will be going down a little bit into next week. As the winds die down, we are going to see the cooler air move back in. By the time we get into the middle part of next week, we'll get closer to seasonal values."

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