July 30, 2016 7:49 pm
Updated: July 30, 2016 9:41 pm

Severe thunderstorm warning in effect for Calgary and area

WATCH ABOVE: All of a sudden the blue bird summer sky turned black and then white with sheets of hail pounding down Saturday. Northwest Calgary was hit hard, as well as Airdrie. In some parts, it was looking more like winter than the end of July.


Environment Canada was tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, nickel to ping pong ball size hail and heavy rain in the Calgary area just before 5 p.m. Saturday.

The thunderstorm is located 25 km northwest of Calgary and is moving to the east and southeast at 40 km/h.

Global weather anchor Jodi Hughes said Saturday is, and will be, another day of instability in central and southern Alberta.

“A low pressure system over the Rockies has been producing storm cells in the Foothills that are tracking northeast through the central and southern regions of our province,” Hughes said.

“A significant hail storm has already hit areas north of Calgary and is just along the northern edge of our city,” Hughes said.”Things should settle down a bit by 8 p.m., but the risk of rain continues until around midnight.”

There was also a thunderstorm warning for Rocky View Co., near Airdrie and Crossfield.

Residents in the area can expect heavy downpours, which can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads, as well as large hail.

Environment Canada wants to remind people to take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year.

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