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Wet, windy, chilly conditions dominate parts of the Prairies Friday

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:54 AM - A cold front sweeping through the Prairies triggered severe thunderstorms across parts of Saskatchewan Thursday.


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"Tornado warnings were issued for regions along the international border and one region west of Saskatoon," says Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm. "Funnel cloud sightings were reported southwest of Regina."

No tornado touch downs have been confirmed, but several Weather Network viewers sent in footage of heavy downpours and large hail throughout the night.

A quieter day is expected for Saskatchewan on Friday, although southeastern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario could see some isolated storms develop Friday afternoon/evening.

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"Temperatures are also cooling significantly with a daytime high of only 15°C forecast in Edmonton and Saskatoon," says Soderholm.

In addition to the cooler temperatures, moderate rain and gusty winds are expected for the Edmonton area.

"Wind gusts of 90 km/h are expected to develop this morning and continue into the afternoon," said Environment Canada in a wind warning issued early Friday.


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Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur.

"Gusty winds can damage soft shelters, tents and awnings at outdoor events. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break," EC warns.

This system will also result in significant rainfall amounts around the Capital region.

The highest amounts are expected east of Edmonton where over 50 mm of rain can be expected by Saturday morning.

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