Another day of storms expected on the Prairies for Mother’s Day

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Another day of storms expected on the Prairies for Mother’s Day

Canada’s first organized severe weather event of the year rolled across the eastern Prairies on Saturday afternoon as a low-pressure system moved through the area. The storms produced heavy rainfall, strong winds, and even a few reported funnel clouds in Saskatchewan. The threat for storms will continue overnight in Manitoba. More thunderstorms are possible Sunday. More on what to expect in the days ahead, below.

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Unstable air and strong wind shear throughout the atmosphere followed a low-pressure system onto the eastern Prairies on Saturday, sparking several rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms across the region.

Severe thunderstorm warnings lit up much of southeastern Saskatchewan through the afternoon hours. These storms rolled through Estevan and Carlyle with heavy rainfall and the potential to produce strong wind gusts and large hail.

There were even several funnel cloud sightings east of Regina as the storms moved through the area.

Thunderstorms will continue moving through southwestern Manitoba Saturday evening, making their way toward the Manitoba Lakes before waning with the daytime instability.


A general threat for thunderstorms will return to the southern Prairies for our Sunday, so be mindful of the potential for strong wind gusts and small hail if you’re out and about celebrating Mother’s Day.


The storm threat will span the region from Calgary to Winnipeg.

However, in true springtime fashion, things will change in a hurry across the southern half of Alberta. Colder temperatures will crash into the province Sunday night into Monday. The thunderstorm threat will quickly give way to a chance for snow in the foothills.

Much cooler temperatures will bathe the western Prairies heading into early next week. Temperatures will trend back toward seasonal by the middle and end of the week. Meanwhile, eastern regions will see temperatures hovering around seasonal for the week.

Monday Temps
Monday Temps

Unfortunately, more unsettled weather is on tap for the eastern Prairies next week. We’re on the lookout for yet another Colorado low bringing widespread rain to parts of Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan on Monday.

This next slug of precipitation could bring 20-40+ mm of rainfall to areas still recovering from flooding and waterlogged fields, all while missing areas where the rain is desperately needed.


Forecasters are also watching the potential for yet another high-impact storm late next week and weekend. There is some chance for this system to take a more westerly track. If that verifies, then it would bring rain to areas that really need it.

Thumbnail courtesy of Notanee Bourassa, taken in Chamberlain, Sask.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest updates across the Prairies.

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