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Severe thunderstorm threat covers parts of the Prairies

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 8:29 AM - Unstable conditions throughout parts of the Prairies have resulted in a severe thunderstorm threat in southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan Wednesday.

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"Hail, strong winds and heavy rain are possible with these storms, and of course we can't rule out the chance for a tornado," warns Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese.

Officials say to take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.

Environment Canada also issued a special weather statement for parts of northern Alberta warning of up to 50 mm of rain through Thursday, with locally higher amounts possible.

"Rain with a few thunderstorms will develop in the Grande Cache, Grande Prairie and Peace River regions tonight and then spread eastward into the Whitecourt and Slave Lake regions on Thursday," EC says. "Heavy rain will continue through Thursday and taper off Friday morning as the low continues eastward into Saskatchewan."

The thunderstorm risk will also continue on Thursday, with the greatest threat for severe storms along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and south.

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