Environment Canada meteorologists have issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for several areas in east-central Alberta, including Cochrane.

They say atmospheric conditions are favourable to produce heavy rain, strong winds, and large hail.

Thunderstorm are expected to form this afternoon along the foothills and continue eastward into the evening. Some of the thunderstorms could be severe in nature.

Other areas included in the watch are:

  • Mountain View Co. near Carstairs and Stirlingville
  • Mountain View Co. near Cremona and Water Valley
  • Mountain View Co. near Olds and Didsbury
  • Mountain View Co. near Sundre
  • Rocky View Co. near Airdrie and Crossfield
  • Rocky View Co. near Bottrel and Madden