Scenes of winter as super cell skims Calgary, but drops hail on Airdrie
Thursday, August 7, 2014, 11:14 PM - An intense storm skimmed Calgary, Alta., Thursday night, but left its mark on nearby Airdrie with a dose of hail that left the community looking more like December than August.
Thunderstorm watches and warnings were expected and issued by Environment Canada for several areas of southern Alberta, and Friday is expected to see more of the same unsettled weather.
"Thunderstorms will re-fire through Saskatchewan and Manitoba later (Thursday), with isolated severe storms possible through the interlakes," said Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon. "Thunderstorms are possible through central/southern Alberta on Friday as well due to the thermal low crossing from the Rockies tonight and bringing more rain and thunderstorms to the region."
The abrupt storm produced heavy rain and golfball-sized hail stones, leaving much of the area looking like an early winter snowfall had dusted the ground.
Another round of stormy weather is expected in parts of Alberta on Friday -- but conditions are expected to clear by the weekend.
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The burst of storms produced some stunning prairie visuals, including the 'mothership' type cloud depicted above and courtesy of Dustin Rempfer (@LakeviewChaser)