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Storms target eastern Prairies, heavy rain and hail possible

Thursday, August 13th 2020, 5:42 am - After a tornado-warned storms rolled through parts of Saskatchewan Wednesday evening, the severe weather threat shifts east into Manitoba and northwestern Ontario Thursday.

The risk for severe weather will shift into southern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario on Thursday, bringing the threat of large hail, strong winds, heavy rain and even one or two tornadoes. Temperatures will cool down on the weekend in the east, while Alberta will experience a warmup. A more detailed look, below.


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Storm threat heads to southern Manitoba, northwestern Ontario on Thursday
  • Warming up in Alberta for the weekend, cooldown on the eastern Prairies
  • Keep an eye on severe weather ALERTS in your area

THURSDAY: EASTWARD SHIFT OF STORM THREAT

The Wednesday overnight storms will continue into the pre-dawn hours Thursday morning in Manitoba.

The Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton says that a cluster of thunderstorms will track into western Manitoba from Saskatchewan between around 7:00 AM CST on Thursday morning and could wake some people up with a few rumbles of thunder.

Unsettled conditions will persist for most of southern and central Manitoba throughout the day, but storms could turn severe during the afternoon and evening.

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Potential hazards for any severe storms that pop up include large hail, strong wind gusts, heavy rainfall and even one or two tornadoes in southeastern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario.

Temperatures will be back to seasonal everywhere across the Prairies including in Alberta, but daytime highs will drop back into the mid-teens in some locales on Friday before warming up on the weekend.

LOOK AHEAD: WARMING TREND IN ALBERTA, WITH ACTIVE PATTERN, COOLING IN THE EAST

After a rather cool week across Alberta, this weekend will feature sunshine and a warming trend that will continue into next week with a couple days of hot weather and a few days of dry weather are also expected. However, a more active pattern is expected to return during the second half of next week.

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For the eastern Prairies, the weekend will be marked by a couple days of cooler weather, which will linger into the start of next week.

Check back as we continue to update the forecast.

See a tornado? Report it to Northern Tornadoes Project if it's safe to do so. Find out more on how to become a citizen storm spotter, here.

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