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Severe thunderstorm conditions are possible across parts of the Prairies on Wednesday with damaging winds, hail and heavy rain the biggest threats.

Severe thunderstorms to bring heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail to the Prairies Wednesday


Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 11:17 AM - Widespread thunderstorms were reported through parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan on Tuesday, with watches and warnings in place for the southern regions.


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"Threat for storms today are still along the foothills in Alberta as well through central and south Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba," says Weather Network meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg. "Areas along the Saskatchewan/Manitoba border are looking like the highest risk areas for seeing isolated severe thunderstorms Wednesday."

Just after 9 am local time, Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Saskatchewan as a line of storms "capable of producing heavy rain" moved through.

"Radar indicates that between 50 mm and 75 mm of rain will fall over the next 3 hours," said EC in the warning. "Fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away. Rapidly rising rivers and creeks can sweep away bridges, culverts, buildings, and people."

Officials are urging motorists to avoid driving through water on roads.

Severe thunderstorm conditions are also possible in parts of southern Manitoba through the late afternoon and evening hours.

"Conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts, damaging hail and heavy rain," EC adds.

The storms are expected to weaken through the evening hours, but residents are advised to take the neccesary precautions and pay attention to the warnings issued in your area.

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