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Although the Prairies -- in particular, Alberta -- are no stranger to hail and severe weather, Tuesday's powerful storms left many surprised.

Heavy hail, flash floods, funnel cloud hits Alberta


Daksha Rangan
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 6:16 PM - June in Alberta is looking an awful lot like winter.

Following a weekend of active weather, much of Alberta has been off to a wet and stormy start to summer.

Although the Prairies -- in particular, Alberta -- are no stranger to hail and severe weather, Tuesday's powerful storms left many surprised. That trend continued Wednesday, with more hail hitting the region.


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Environment Canada meteorologists also spotted an elevated funnel cloud Wednesday afternoon south of Edmonton.

A funnel cloud is, like its name suggests, a funnel-shaped cloud. If it makes contact with the ground (or water) the cloud will serve as the core of a tornado or a waterspout.

Virtually all of Alberta was under a severe thunderstorm watch or warning Wednesday, with another round of heavy precipitation expected.

The thunderstorm over the Edmonton area is particularly noteworthy due to being stationary, contributing to localized flooding.

"Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!," Environment Canada says in a statement.



As high pressure sinks in from the north, the storm threat clears out of the eastern Prairies Thursday and Friday; however there's another round of severe weather in Alberta on Thursday as energy crosses the Rockies, Wenckstern notes. Unsettled conditions will continue into the long weekend.

Take a look at the photos and videos sent in by The Weather Network viewers of Alberta's wintry storm, below.

Watch Below: Cars tread through flash-flooded roads in Calgary Tuesday:

Thumbnail image courtesy of Karen Bird.

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