Update***Severe weather watch ended at 5:05 pm***



This afternoon residents in the Strathmore area could see some severe weather headed their way. Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a severe weather watch for the local region. The area includes Strathmore, parts of Newell County, Wheatland County, Siksika Nation, Vulcan, and Rocky View County.

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing heavy rain, strong wind gusts, and large hail.

Thunderstorms are forecast to develop along the foothills this afternoon and then move northeastward. The risk of severe weather is expected to persist into the evening hours.

Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes.

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, or torrential rainfall.

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