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Funnel clouds possible in Alberta, severe thunderstorms in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

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Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Saturday, June 28, 2014, 7:02 PM -

Parts of the Prairies this weekend will encounter stormy conditions, while others will see below-seasonal temperatures. 

We'll start with the temperatures. 

Temperatures through Alberta will be cooling off Saturday and Sunday, with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. These thunderstorms will produce locally heavier rainfall -- up to 30 mm east of the QEII.

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"Thunderstorms east of the QEII today will bring locally heavy downpours, gusty winds, and with cool air aloft a chance for isolated funnel clouds," says Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon. 

"Looking ahead towards Canada Day, temperatures will be rising above normal with sunny skies."

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Eastern Prairies 

A low pressure system from the Dakotas will be moving north Saturday and Sunday, bringing severe thunderstorms to northwestern Ontario and heavy rain to eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba. 

Rainfall warnings have been issued by Environment Canada (EC), for heavy amounts of rain that could cause localized flooding. 

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"Areas along the border of Hudson Bay, SK to Brandon, MB could see 60-100 mm of rain by Monday morning," says Dillon.

According to EC, there is flood watches along the shorelines of Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg.

Additionally, humidex readings will be in the mid-to-upper 30's Saturday, giving the chance for severe weather in eastern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario.

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This system will push out of the region on Tuesday, just in time for Canada Day fireworks.

Power Outages 

At least three communities in the Lake Winnipeg area are currently without power. 

Scott Powell, a spokesperson for Manitoba Hydro said the feeder that serves the areas of Matlock, Ponemah and Whytewold is off

Crews are on the scene patrolling the power lines to determine what went wrong. The first call to alert Hydro of the outage came in around noon. 

Powell said that 979 customers are currently without power.

For a list of watches and warnings in your area, visit our Alerts page.

With files from the Winnipeg Free Press.

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