Meteorologists are expecting widespread thunderstorms across central and northern Alberta mid-afternoon and late evening Wednesday. There is a threat for some storms to turn severe for the foothills and central regions including Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton. More on the timing and impacts, below.
WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS CENTRAL AND NORTHERN ALBERTA
A large portion of Alberta extending from the north to central parts of the province is expected to see widespread thunderstorms by the afternoon into the evening.
A trough will trigger thunderstorms across the province with the threat for some to turn severe for the foothills and central regions including Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton, says The Weather Network Meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg.
Some stronger thunderstorms or supercells could develop in more favourable atmospheric locations, says Sonnenburg. Residents should exercise caution as locally strong wind gusts are likely.
Hail size can range but up to toonie size is possible in areas hit by stronger storms.
With some wind shear present in the atmosphere, stronger storms will need to be monitored for supercell development and rotation. Funnel clouds are also possible with some extra spin in the atmosphere.
For a more detailed look at this forecast, watch the video that leads this article.