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Severe thunderstorms target Prairie provinces, watches and warnings in effect

Severe thunderstorm risk for Saturday

Severe thunderstorm risk for Saturday

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Saturday, July 20, 2013, 8:29 PM - To say it's been a 'stormy week' across the country would be an understatement -- and that pattern is set to continue across the Prairies this weekend.

With an upper level disturbance  the near British Columbia border, conditions are primed for severe thunderstorms to develop in central Alberta Saturday evening.

"A low has developed in northern British Columbia and it is making its way toward northern Alberta," explained Monica Vaswani, a  meteorologist at The Weather Network. "The storm will bring severe thunderstorms with the risk of golf ball-sized hail, wind gusts exceeding 90 km/h and an isolated tornado threat."

Thunderstorms are expected to form in the Whitecourt area before moving southeastward toward the capital region by the early evening.

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"This low will set sights on southeastern Saskatchewan and northwestern Manitoba on Sunday, bringing with it the risk of tornadic super-cells," said Vaswani.

A number of severe thunderstorm watches and warnings are in effect, including Edmonton. Watches will likely be extended to the Saskatchewan border later this evening as the thunderstorms will persist into the overnight period.

For a full list of watches and warnings visit our Alerts page.

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