Eckville and Sylvan Lake areas under thunderstorm watch

Environment Canada placed the region under the watch just before noon on Friday

Much of Central Alberta is under a thunderstorm watch, including Sylvan Lake and Eckville.

Environment Canada issued the watch just before noon on Friday, saying conditions are favourable for “dangerous thunderstorms” to form.

The weather advisory warns residents the storms are capable of producing damaging wind gusts, damaging hail and heavy rain.

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued by Environment Canada when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

The storm watch is a result of a cold front moving through the province later this afternoon, according to a press release from Environment Canada.

“Thunderstorms will initiate between Edmonton and Rocky Mountain House and move to the east and southeast into the evening,” the release states.

Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologists are warning conditions in Central Alberta are likely to develop supercells, some of which could have the potential to become tornadic.

Along with the potential for tornados, Environment Canada is also warning the public about the dangers of hail, which could also occur during a sever thunderstorm.

“Very large hail can damage property, break windows, dent vehicles and cause serious injury.”

Residents are also reminded of the dangers of strong winds. According to Environment Canada, strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees and blow large vehicles off the road.

When potentially dangerous weather approaches Central Albertans are strongly urged to seek shelter indoors, as lightning kills and injures Canadians every year.

“Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!”

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Alberta male team takes silver in Winter Games relay speed skating

Alberta was close behind Quebec in the team relay speed skating finals

Senior girls Lakers drown Eckville in exhibition game

H.J. Cody’s senior girls basketball team defeated the senior girls Aces 60-30 on Feb. 21

Alberta was crowned champions in Wheelchair Basketball at Canada Winter Games

Ontario won silver while Quebec took home the bronze medal

Sylvan Lake’s Megan Cressey misses Freestyle Skiing Big Air podium

Alberta’s Jake Sandstorm captured silver in the men Freestyle Skiing Big Air contest

Sylvan Lake fiddler says performing at Canada Games an amazing experience

Brianna Lizotte performed with three drummers during a segment of the Opening Ceremonies

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

WATCH: Pet therapy brings calmness to Winter Games athletes

Canada Winter Games in Red Deer continue on until March 2nd

R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

R&B star has been accused of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls for years

Child advocacy centre raising funds through Dream Home Lottery

The child advocacy centre in Red Deer uses its resources to help kids all over Central Alberta

Trudeau tells Canadians to listen to clerk in SNC-Lavalin matter

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick delivered a blunt assessment at the House of Commons justice

Mueller report looming, new attorney general in hot seat

Robert Mueller is required to produce a confidential report to pursue or decline prosecutions

B.C. woman shares story of abuse with church officials ahead of Vatican summit

Leona Huggins was the only Canadian in the gathering ahead of a historic summit at the Vatican

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

Most Read