Update 2:03PM Wednesday August 23:
A thunderstorm watch is in effect for Lacombe, Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail, and Stettler.
Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and large hail. Thunderstorms are developing in western Alberta. As these thunderstorms track to the northeast, some of them may become severe between this afternoon and later this evening.
The funnel cloud advisory remains in effect.
Original Post 11:48AM Wednesday, August 23:
Environment Canada has issued a weather advisory for the central Alberta area including the Counties of Lacombe, Ponoka, and Red Deer.
The development of funnel clouds will be possible from noon to early evening. The advisory may be extended east in the afternoon.
These types of funnel clouds are generated by weak rotation under rapidly growing clouds or weak thunderstorms. This weak rotation is normally not a danger near the ground. However, there is a chance that this rotation could intensify and become a weak landspout tornado.
The advisory is in place for the following areas:
Lacombe Co. near Lacombe Blackfalds and Bentley
Lacombe Co. near Clive Alix and Mirror
Red Deer Co. near Spruce View and Red Lodge Prov. Park
City of Red Deer
Red Deer Co. near Penhold Innisfail and Bowden
Lacombe Co. near Eckville
Red Deer Co. near Sylvan Lake and Stephansson House
Ponoka Co. near Ponoka and Maskwacis
Red Deer Co. near Pine Lake
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