Monday, November 15, 2021
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Extreme wind pounds parts of southern Alberta Friday

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Extreme wind gusts causing travel issues across southern Alberta Friday afternoon.

Nanton RCMP issued an advisory for travel after wind speeds were clocked in the 150 km/h range. Along Highway 22, between Turner Valley and the Crowsnest Pass, wind speeds hit 172 km/h.

Environment Canada says many wind prone areas in the region have seen gusts in excess of 130 km/h.

People have reported flipped semi trucks and trailers along Highway 2 due to the conditions.

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Wind warnings have been extended to include Lethbridge, Taber, Milk River, Vulcan, Carmangay, and Brooks and even the City of Calgary.

The weather office says these strong winds should ease off late Friday afternoon as the system blows through. A cold front moving in behind will bring a 20 degree drop in temperatures for Lethbridge and area on Saturday with daytime highs around +1°C for the weekend and dropping to -6°C by Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 28-29).

The weather is expected to warm up again by Halloween.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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