Severe storms on the eastern Prairies bring risk for hail and rotation

A severe thunderstorm threat spans the eastern Prairies on Thursday, with the risk for heavy rain, strong winds and large hail all on the table. There is also the chance for funnel clouds, so a tornado or two cannot be ruled out.

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Severe storms are developing across southern Manitoba on Thursday afternoon, with tornado warnings issued during the 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. hours. While those warnings have since expired, be sure to remain weather-aware and stay up-to-date on the latest watches and warnings in your area.

Thursday

Areas: Southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Timing: Thursday afternoon and evening

Weather: Another low pressure system is tracking through the eastern Prairies on Thursday, bringing the risk of rain showers, thunderstorms, and the potential for funnel clouds.

Baron - PR storm risk - Aug24
Baron - PR storm risk - Aug24

As the low tracks through Saskatchewan this morning and afternoon, it will spark the threat for showers and thunderstorms to develop, with the main threat being funnel clouds. As the low then tracks into Manitoba later in the day, storms will become stronger with the chance of large hail and strong wind gusts.

Storms will be rather scattered, but with the chance for rotation around the Manitoba lakes.

Forecasters will be closely watching the development of storm cells through the day on Thursday, so be sure to stay weather-aware.

Baron - supercell potential thursday - Aug24
Baron - supercell potential thursday - Aug24

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Cooler and more unsettled weather is expected to spread west to east across the region during the second half of next week, and into the start of September as well.

Prepare

Make sure to keep up-to-date on your local forecast information and alerts. If you are outdoors in an area with a severe weather threat, make sure you have a safety plan in place in case you need to get to shelter.

If a severe thunderstorm approaches your location, remain mindful of trees or tree limbs that loom near your home. Trees falling into buildings are a significant source of injury during strong storms. Try to avoid rooms where trees may cause damage during high winds.

The greatest danger in any thunderstorm is lightning. If you can hear thunder, you’re close enough to be struck by lightning.

Be sure to check back for the latest weather updates across Saskatchewan and Manitoba.