EDMONTON - Motorists are being advised to use caution as a broad swath of freezing rain coats streets and highways across central and southern Alberta.

Drivers are being forced to scrape a layer of ice off their windshields before heading out — the result of a weather system that's brought warmer, moisture-laden air to the province.

The rain is freezing on contact with cold surfaces and it's led to reports of several accidents in the Edmonton region alone.

Highways around the capital region are reported to be in poor driving condition.

RCMP say the north and southbound lanes of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway from Red Deer south to Calgary are icy with reduced visibility.

The rain is expected to turn to snow later on, with upwards of 10 centimetres expected in the Edmonton region alone.

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