UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Drayton Valley and area

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
August 1, 2018 - 10:30am Updated: August 2, 2018 - 6:16am

UPDATE: The severe thunderstorm watch for the Town of Drayton Valley and surrounding area has been dropped. 

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Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Town of Drayton Valley and surrounding area.

Meteorologists say thunderstorms are forecast to develop along the foothills this afternoon. These thunderstorms will track eastwards continuing through the night. Some of these storms will be severe.

These storms may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, damaging hail and heavy rain.

The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for:

Brazeau Co. near Drayton Valley and Breton

Co. of Wetaskiwin near Alder Flats and Winfield

Co. of Wetaskiwin near Pigeon Lake

Leduc Co. near Calmar and Devon

Leduc Co. near Warburg Thorsby and Pigeon Lake

Ponoka Co. near Crestomere

Ponoka Co. near Rimbey Bluffton and Hoadley

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

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