Tornado spotted near Nanton as central, northern Alberta braces for snow

By Geoff Smith (@GeoffSmithLNN on Twitter)
September 12, 2018 - 6:56am

LETHBRIDGE- While snow begins to fall in parts of central and northern Alberta, Environment Canada is looking into reports of a landspout tornado near Nanton.

Tuesday afternoon there was a report from an observer 2 km west of Nanton described a tornado to the west, towards Pekisko.

The weather service is asking people with pictures of the tornado or damage reports to send them in.

A landspout is a weak tornado that forms under a rapidly-growing thunderstorm.

It is capable of blowing around objects, damaging roofs, and knocking over trees.

At the same time, a snowfall warning is in effect from Jasper north to Grande Prairie.

Those areas could receive 10-15 cm of heavy, wet snow Wednesday.

The system bringing the snow will track south along the foothills, and then spread east towards Edmonton, which could get 3-8 cm.

The snow could reach as far south as Banff by Thursday morning.

No snow is expected in the southern Alberta region.

(Lethbridge News Now)

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