Tornado watch issued for Alberta Peace region

Grande Prairie – Beaverlodge – Valleyview
12:20 PM MDT Friday 05 July 2013
Tornado watch for 
Grande Prairie – Beaverlodge – Valleyview issued

Funnel clouds or weak tornadoes possible today.

Conditions are favourable for the development of funnel clouds or weak tornadoes. These types of funnel clouds form out of large cumulus clouds or very weak thunderstorms and normally do not have the energy to reach the ground. However one or two of these funnels may briefly touch down and can become destructive over a very small area. Treat all funnel clouds and tornadoes seriously and avoid when possible. Should one develop overhead take shelter until it dissipates. Remember these funnel clouds will normally appear with little or no warning.

Environment Canada continues to monitor the situation closely. Please continue to monitor your local media or weatheradio for further updates.

Should you spot a funnel cloud or tornado…And only if it is safe to do so…You can call 1-800-239-0484 to report your sighting. Please note this phone number is for reporting severe weather only.

Funnel clouds are possible this afternoon in Northern Alberta. Several funnel clouds have been reported in Grande Prairie. These funnel clouds were short lived and did not come close to reaching the ground.