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Thunderstorm warning issued for Manitoba

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Rodrigo Cokting
Staff writer

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 10:13 PM -

After bringing flooding rains to Alberta earlier in the week, the same low pressure system is moving through Manitoba and Saskatchewan on Saturday. Environment Canada also issued a tornado warning for Ste. Anne, Richer, Lorette, Ste-Genevieve and Landmark in Manitoba but dropped it at approximately 5:26 p.m. local time.

"Scattered thunderstorms are developing in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba on Saturday afternoon," said Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "That has warranted a severe thunderstorm watch for these areas."


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Environment Canada has issued warnings and watches for several parts of southern Manitoba as they tracked a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts, dime to nickel size hail. Most warnings have been issued for regions east of Winnipeg. The city of Winnipeg itself was under a severe thunderstorm warning and watch earlier today but they have ended since.

Environment Canada also warned that the storm is tracking east toward Petersfield, Stony Mountain and Winnipeg. People that live in Delta Beach, St. Ambrose, Woodlands and nearby areas are seeing strong gusty winds and stormy conditions. Environment Canada also issued and ended watches for parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including Regina, Moose Jaw and Fort Qu'Appelle in Saskatchewan.

"Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain," said Environment Canada in a statement. 

It's not just the storms causing issues on Saturday. Muggy weather is also expected in the area.

"These storms are accompanies with warm temperatures and humid conditions throughout southern Manitoba and will diminish overnight as the low pressure system moves into northwestern Ontario," Dillon explained. "However for your Sunday there is still a chance of storms throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba with slightly cooler conditions."


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But it isn't all bad news.

"Don't worry, there is another warmup in sight," Dillon said.

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