Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for M.L. region

By meadowlakeNOW Staff
July 9, 2018 - 12:57pm

It could be a very active weather day in the greater Meadow Lake area.

This morning, Environment Canada issued two severe thunderstorm watches for both early and late afternoon in Meadow Lake, Pierceland, and Green Lake. The potential storms could possibly include heavy rain, high winds and hail, according to meteorologist Alysa Pederson.

“The watches stretch pretty much from Cold Lake, Alta. through Meadow Lake, then north towards Buffalo Narrows,” Pederson said. “The main threat [is] large hail, and then again later this afternoon, we’re expecting another round of thunderstorms.”

She said during severe thunderstorms, hail can be at least nickel-sized, or 20 millimetres in diameter, but also have the potential to be up to golf ball-size as well.

“I don’t think we’re expecting hail to be quite that large today, but it’s always a possibility,” Pederson said. “Any severe thunderstorms can also produce big downburst kind of winds, up to around 90 km/h gusts.”

Pederson said meteorologists always encourage the public to keep themselves informed of watches and warnings, adding the easiest way to do so is to keep an eye on the Environment Canada webpage.

 

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