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Severe storm potential endures into the weekend on the Prairies

Friday, July 31st 2020, 8:30 pm - Severe storm risk carries on Saturday for parts of the western Prairies, while northwestern Ontario could see a few rumbles as well.

Severe storms dropped hail the size of tennis balls for parts of Alberta Thursday, Friday featured more severe risk, and Saturday looks to start stormy as well. Temperatures remain above seasonal through the first half of the weekend across the Prairies, though some moderation is ahead. Details and timing, below.


  • Severe storm risk along the Alberta foothills Saturday
  • Northwestern Ontario carries most non-severe risk Saturday
  • High pressure keeps much of the rest of the region clear to start the weekend
  • Keep on top of active weather ALERTS in your area


After a stormy and sweltering end to the week on the western Prairies, Saturday features more of the same for Alberta along the foothills.

It is there where a slow-moving boundary will bring another round of storms in the late afternoon and evening hours, with the risk of isolated severe storms.

Storms that do cross that threshold will feature small hail, heavy rainfall and strong wind gusts.

PR Risk

Far to the east, storms will continue overnight into early Saturday morning in northwestern Ontario, though any storms that do continue through the day will be scattered and non-severe.

Meanwhile, high pressure takes over in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, giving them a break from the recent stretch of severe weather and providing a pleasant and clear-sky Saturday.

Temperatures will remain above seasonal, with daytime highs remaining in the mid- to upper-20s in the central and southern Prairies, while Alberta ended the week blanketed in heat warnings.

A slight cooldown is expected for Sunday.

Keep an eye on the forecast through the weekend.

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