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Alberta gets svr thunderstorm warnings, blizzard and funnel cloud in same day

Environment Canada forecast depicting risk of severe thunderstorms and blizzard for same location

Welcome to spring in Canada eh! It's pretty rare to see #blizzard warnings in Canada (despite what some might think), Canada usually sees a few blizzard warnings every season. What is even more rare, is seeing a severe thunderstorm warning AND a blizzard warning for the same area on the same day!

Explosive convective development amidst blizzard in Alberta. Taken from GEOS-16 East at 6:57pm CDT

Active Environment Canada warnings as of 7pm CDT


5:46 PM MDT Saturday 27 April 2019 Severe thunderstorm warning in effect for:

  • Cypress Co. near Suffield and Hwy 879

At 5:46 p.m. MDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain. A severe thunderstorm 15 km west of Suffield is tracking eastward at 10 km/h. This storm is capable of producing nickle sized hail.

Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors! Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

Environment Canada warnings (screenshot)

Above is a screenshot for the Brooks region in Alberta, showing a severe thunderstorm warning and a blizzard warning, something we have never seen in Canada before. A funnel cloud was even spotted near Brooks!

Blizzard, snowfall and winter storm warnings are still in effect for parts of Alberta, for the latest watches and warnings go here:

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