After funnel clouds, here's today's storm risk
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 10:31 AM - There've been a few stormy skies over the Prairies in recent days, including sightings of funnel clouds as well as what may have been a landspout tornado.
Tuesday is looking to have some storm chance as well, though with the risk straddling the south of Alberta and Saskatchewan border.
"This is associated with a low to the south that will be bringing moderate rain to the extreme southwest region (Pincher Creek), with 20-30 mm through Wednesday," Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm said early Tuesday.
At the moment, the thunderstorm risk looks to be non-severe, but any storms that do spark will bring localized heavy downpours and moderately sized hail.
The system is actually set to manifest as snow at some of the higher elevations, and a snowfall warning is in effect for the Kananaskis - Canmore area, with 10 cm set to fall through the day into Wednesday.
On Sunday, reports of a landspout were noted north of Saskatoon, near Hepburn, at around 2:40 p.m. local time. The reports came as funnel cloud advisories were in effect for parts of Saskatchewan.
Residents took to Twitter to post several shots of funnel clouds Sunday (scroll down to see social media's best photos and videos of the Prairies' severe weather event).
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Looking ahead, Alberta is set for some chilly temperatures, with Lake Louise, Banff and other towns at that altitude set to see a few centimetres of snow, though the heaviest snows will be higher up.
Fortunately, conditions are set to improve into the weekend, though with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms during the weekend itself.
"It's too early to pinpoint locations and timing but Saturday in Alberta looks most active," Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham says. "Temperatures trending milder - near to above seasonal for the long weekend and into next week."
Check back for updates as we continue to monitor the forecast.