It going to get ugly.

Environment Canada says a winter storm will bring multiple hazards to central Alberta on Monday (Jan. 17).

This winter storm will bring freezing rain, heavy snow, strong winds, blowing snow and a rapid drop in temperature.

Patchy snow and freezing rain will begin Sunday in the Edmonton area and continue throughout a portion of Monday.

Heavier snow is expected Monday afternoon.

As the snow pulls off, a strong wind will develop. Wind gusts up to 70 km/h will cause poor visibility in blowing snow in the later portion of the afternoon and evening. 

The temperature will drop rapidly with a northwest wind. Temperature drops of 10 to 15 degrees are possible in a short period of time. Wet surfaces from the earlier precipitation may re-freeze causing more icy conditions.

Highway travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations.

The watch is in place for areas such as Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Edmonton, Bruderheim, Lamont, Redwater, Gibbons, Bon Accord and Morinville.

Winter storm watches are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.