A Fort Saskatchewan storm chaser is recommending people living in the capital region plan to stay indoors Friday afternoon and evening.
According to an Environment Canada thunderstorm outlook, the Edmonton area is sitting in the “extreme risk” zone for some potentially dangerous weather on Friday. Severe thunderstorms could bring hail the size of tennis balls and possibly tornadoes near and to the east of the region during the afternoon and into the evening.
Nevin deMilliano, a member of the four-man Prairie Storm Chasers crew, said a mixture of moist and cooler area and an incoming low pressure system are mixing the right brew of ingredients into a potentially major summer storm.
"What we're looking at is just a lot of things coming together in the right places, or the wrong places depending on your perspective.”
The red bull’s-eye on Environment Canada’s weather map is the area most likely to see extremely large hail, damaging winds and potential tornadoes. "Extreme" is Environment Canada's highest risk zone, a threat level that doesn't come about often.
Not all areas in the red zone will see severe storms come their way Friday. Exactly how the afternoon and evening will play out remains to be seen.
"I often say I like to compare it to boiling a pot of water and you're looking for the first bubble to kind of break the surface and you're trying to predict where that bubble is going to break. It's really difficult," said deMilliano.