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Prairies: Severe storms ongoing after brief tornado warning

Friday, July 19th 2019, 8:17 pm - Another shot of severe weather is possible for the Prairies Friday

Yet another round of storms is closing out the week for parts of the Prairies, though severe thunderstorms are largely confined to Alberta so far Friday afternoon and evening, including a brief tornado warning in Alberta's Leduc Co. The same system responsible could drop accumulating snow in isolated pockets of higher terrains near the Foothills. The thunderstorm risk greatly diminishes Saturday. For more on today's severe storm risk, who will get snow, as well as a look at a tornado in Alberta Thursday, read below.


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Threat for severe thunderstorms continues Friday evening
  • Possible accumulating snow in high terrains near Foothills
  • Storm risk drops Saturday but will remain unsettled
  • For current watches and warnings in your area HERE

MUST SEE: TORNADO IN ALBERTA FROM THURSDAY'S STORMS

The threat for strong to severe storms will be mostly in areas across central Alberta and Manitoba, as well as into parts of northwestern Ontario. And indeed, parts of central Alberta have seen severe storms pop in and out for most of the afternoon and evening, including one that briefly turned tornadic in Leduc Co.

The main threats from these storms will be large hail, heavy rainfall and strong winds.

PRRiskFri

Because of the positioning of the frontal boundary, hotter temperatures will be confined to the northern areas of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Southern Alberta will remain below seasonal, as will B.C. and Saskatchewan. Manitoba will be seasonal. PRTempFriday

STORM THREAT DIMINISHES SATURDAY, SUNSHINE RETURNS SUNDAY

On Saturday, the frontal system will linger across the Prairies, bringing more unsettled weather. But the risk for thunderstorms will drop significantly, with only a slight chance for isolated cells to develop near the Foothills due to the lack of available moisture. Rainfall amounts will be low and only total 5 mm or less.

Temperatures will warm up slightly in Alberta, Saskatchewan and parts of Manitoba.

PRTempSaturday

By Sunday, temperatures will reach the mid-20s for most of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Some areas in the southern portions of Alberta could reach close to 30°C, as high pressure moves in and sunshine returns to the Prairies.

PRTempSunday

"A few days of mostly fair weather starting Sunday and continuing through Tuesday (though far western Alberta could become active late Tuesday)," said meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

HIGHER TERRAINS COULD SEE ACCUMULATING SNOW

While most of the Prairies will see a risk for severe thunderstorms Friday, some isolated areas in higher elevations near the Foothills, in both B.C. and Alberta, could see as much as 15 to 20 cm of snow. While Jasper could see a very light layer of the white stuff, all mountain passes across the region are likely remaining free from accumulation.

WESTSNow

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Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest updates.

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