Federal forecasters have issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Hay River, Enterprise, and Fort Smith.
In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, Environment and Climate Change Canada said conditions were favourable for a storm “capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain” as well as “intense lightning.”
The severe thunderstorm watch will continue into Wednesday evening.
The forest fire risk in Hay River and Enterprise is currently listed as medium, but is expected to drop to low on Thursday and Friday following the storm. In Fort Smith, the fire danger forecast is currently high, and will drop to medium in the coming days.