August 14, 2017 6:37 am
Updated: August 14, 2017 8:37 am

Thunderstorm rolls through central Alberta and Edmonton area

WATCH ABOVE: While smoke drifting from B.C. prompted advisories in the west, thunderstorms in central Alberta made for a busy weather day in the province. Kevin O'Connell has a look at what to expect heading into the evening.


Areas of central Alberta were hit with severe thunderstorms that produced strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain on Sunday.

Environment Canada issued severe thunderstorm warnings along the Calgary to Edmonton corridor Sunday, including the communities of Drayton Valley, Devon, Rimbey, Pigeon Lake, Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail, Stettler, Rocky Mountain House and Caroline.

Watches were also in place for the City of Edmonton, along with St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, Morinville, Mayerthorpe and Evansburg.

WATCH BELOW: Global Edmonton’s weather forecast for Sunday, Aug. 13.

The storm came through Edmonton at around 8:30 p.m., bringing with it a lot of thunder and lightning.

By Monday morning, the storm had moved north of Edmonton, sitting over Smoky Lake and St. Paul by 5:30 a.m.

WATCH BELOW: Global Edmonton’s weather forecast for Monday, Aug. 14.

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The storm came through sections of the province as parts of northern Alberta and east of Calgary were under heat warnings, while to the northwest the Grande Prairie region was enveloped in thick wildfire smoke drifting in from B.C.

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Severe thunderstorm watches are issued 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.

For a complete list of areas under a weather watch or warning in Alberta, click here.

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