Rain and storm potential for Calgary on Thursday – but it could hold off

Thursday’s forecast for Calgary has undergone some shifts over the last few days — originally we planned on staying high and dry and then a chance of thundershowers advanced on us.

Now, it’s downgraded to a chance for weak showers this evening, as the marginal mid-level instability that governed storm potential earlier in the week has moved north. The front half of the forecast involves a good deal of sunshine, which has been the primary thread running through the week.

With the large storm barrelling toward the eastern prairies, Calgary has opened a chance for thundershowers Friday evening, as instability will emerge in the storm’s wake. The chance of a storm is minimal; the chance of showers is far better.

Special weather statements (in grey) for this storm call for 20-40 millimetres of rain and in the warning zones, 30-50 mm is expected.

Portions of B.C. are also facing weather statements, as a helping of snow is expected in higher elevations there. Something to consider if you have travel plans.

Beyond, the forecast for Calgary cycles into a warming pattern. Friday offers a slight dip, but the weekend is more than prepared to make up for it. We’ll fall under a ridge of high pressure Sunday, with the outlook still peeking at showers in the midweek forecast ahead of the May long weekend.

Your five-day forecast:

Thursday

  • Building cloud, spotty chance of evening showers
  • Daytime high: 17 C
  • Evening: some cloud, low 1 C

Friday

  • Mainly cloudy, chance of showers, small thundershower risk
  • Daytime high: 14 C
  • Evening: some cloud, low 4 C

Saturday

  • Partly cloudy
  • Daytime high: 16 C
  • Evening: mainly clear, low 4 C

Sunday

  • Mainly sunny
  • Daytime high: 21 C
  • Evening: some cloud, low 7 C

Monday

  • Partly cloudy
  • Daytime high: 20 C
  • Evening: some cloud, low 8 C

Today’s pic is from Niel, who sent it in sideways with the comment “Glenmore Reservoir – upside right or upside down?” Cheeky, sir.

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