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Prairies: Thunderstorms bringing heavy downpours, hail

Wednesday, May 20th 2020, 6:34 pm - Potential for isolated severe thunderstorms in Alberta and Saskatchewan on Wednesday with hail, damaging winds

Wednesday features more heat and humidity for the Prairies, particularly in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. That will fuel the potential for thunderstorms and much of southern Saskatchewan and a slice of Alberta are at elevated risk of seeing isolated severe storms spark up later in the day. Details and timing, below.


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Potential for severe thunderstorms in Alberta, Saskatchewan
  • Stayed informed of the weather ALERTS in your area

WEDNESDAY: THUNDERSTORM RISK, WIDESPREAD SHOWERS

The thunderstorm risk is widespread across the region, but the severe chance is focused largely on southern Saskatchewan and southeastern Alberta.

The elevated risk zone includes Regina, while Saskatoon is on the knife's edge, but non-severe thunderstorms are possible over a more widespread area.

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Any storms that do reach the severe threshold will feature strong winds, heavy downpours and large hail.

Environment Canada states that quarter size hail was reported near Success, Saskatchewan around 1:00 p.m. local time. Nickel sized hail was reported in Etzikom around 2:00 p.m. local time.

THURSDAY AND BEYOND: RAINFALL CONTINUES

The rest of the week will see a slight cooldown into Friday, though Manitoba looks to stay warm with daytime highs in the south remaining above 20°C.

However, much of the region will see several rounds of rain over the next few days, though Alberta looks to see the worst of it, and most of Manitoba will get off easy.

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Meteorologists are closely monitoring the forecast to provide updates on the risk of severe weather. Stay tuned to The Weather Network to get the latest information.

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