Tuesday afternoon took a stormy turn in parts of Saskatchewan and Alberta, with severe-warned cells popping up. Some of them brought torrential downpours, localized flooding, hail of different sizes and strong winds. They even prompted tornado warnings in Saskatchewan.
A trough digging in across the western Prairies helped develop a low-pressure system, which is trekking through the region. The system produced severe thunderstorms in parts of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, while heavy rain falls on communities up north.
Unstable air mass and along a surface boundary provided the fuel and lift needed to trigger thunderstorms on Tuesday. Multiple tornado warnings were issued in parts of Saskatchewan as a thunderstorm capable of producing a twister was detected. However, the warnings have since been dropped. At this time, there has been no confirmations of any occurring.
The severe thunderstorms showcased threatening skies in Alberta, as well, with many reports surfacing of frequent lightning, hail, heavy downpours, localized flooding and strong winds in both provinces by Tuesday evening.
There was also at least one visual of tree damage posted on social media.
On Wednesday, the chance of severe thunderstorms will bubble up again. The potential will stretch from northeastern Alberta into southwestern Manitoba, with the focus of the severe chance confined to southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba.
Below is a selection of visuals of the severe storms currently circulating on social media.
Thumbnail image courtesy: Jessica Pacheco.