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Prairie Storms: A look ahead

Stormy afternoon looms for the Prairies

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 12:38 PM -

Severe storm watches are in effect for several southern Saskatchewan communities, including the city of Saskatoon.

A cold front sweeping into Alberta and Saskatchewan will trigger potentially severe storms in the afternoon into the evening, with the main area of risk being around the border between the two provinces.

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

The storms are expected to spark in the afternoon, and last into the evening. 

In British Columbia, the agency issued severe thunderstorm watches for the southern Interior even before sunrise, in anticipation of strong storms there.

There's more risk in store for the Prairies on Wednesday, this time much more widespread, but any storms that do pop up are expected to be non-severe.

Nevertheless, keep your eyes on the skies, especially along the Saskatchewan and Manitoba border.

And behind the cold front, cool air is driving temperatures well down below seasonal norms, with communities throughout the province experiencing daytime highs not much past the mid teens.

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