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.

More Local News

Inter Pipeline still on time and budget after big move

Inter Pipeline’s $3.5-billion petrochemical complex continues to move along smoothly.

Jessica Littlewood staying put as NDP nominee

Current Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood is sticking around.

Local MLA not seeking re-election

Strathcona-Sherwood Park MLA Estefania Cortes-Vargas will not be seeking re-election this year.

Around 2,200 vehicles to convoy through Fort Sask Tuesday

Tuesday's (Jan.22) drive could get interesting.

Dr. Vincenzo Visconti gets permanent ban in Alberta

A local doctor has been ousted in Alberta.

Fort Sask not using calcium chloride on roads

The City of Fort Saskatchewan continues to use the same de-icing agent as previous years on local roads.

St. Albert resident wins $7.9 million on LOTTO 6/49

An Alberta man recently hit the jackpot.

EIPS kindergarten registration to open next month

It's almost time for parents to register their kids for kindergarten.

Another massive load heading to Industrial Heartland

A second huge piece of equipment is about to travel on our highways.

15 taken into custody after drug bust

Area police detachments have teamed up in a recent drug bust.

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login