A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Strathmore, Lyalta and Carseland.

"It's a pretty unstable air mass over southern Alberta right now and it's also combining with some circulation patterns from the surface to areas in the middle atmosphere that are conducive to or favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms," explained Stephan Berg, meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

ECCC staff say conditions are also favourable for the development of funnel clouds.

Berg said the rain and thundershowers should taper off this evening, and the weather should stay settled this weekend.

"There will be mostly sunny conditions over the next couple of days after this storm, but it looks like it will become a little bit more unsettled towards the early-mid part of next week, so there might be a bit more storm chances early next week."

According to the ECCC website, severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favorable for developing thunderstorms that could produce large hail, damaging winds, or torrential rainfall.

Today the high has stayed around 24 degrees with a 60 per cent chance of thundershowers, tonight a low of 9 degrees with again a 60 per cent chance and then for Saturday a high of 28 and mainly sunny.

Berg leaves off by saying if 'thunder roars, go indoors.' 

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ecccStrathmore and area's forecast according to ECCC.

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