Severe storms, heavy rain persist overnight on the eastern Prairies

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Severe storms, heavy rain persist overnight on the eastern Prairies

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Thunderstorms and widespread heavy rainfall will continue rolling through portions of Manitoba and northwestern Ontario overnight Friday into Saturday morning as a system slowly makes its way across the Prairies. Folks in the path of the storms can expect intense rainfall, strong wind gusts, and large hail. More on what to expect tonight and through next week, below.

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FRIDAY NIGHT: SEVERE STORMS RUMBLE THROUGH MANITOBA AND NORTHWEST ONTARIO

Yet another round of severe thunderstorms targeted the eastern Prairies during the day on Friday. A slow-moving squall line developed south of the border and gradually filled into southern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario through Friday evening.

Folks in the path of the strongest storms can expect intense rainfall rates at the very least, with strong wind gusts and large hail possible in some of the storms. Keep an eye on warnings through the evening and make sure you’re prepared to take quick action if your location is under threat.

These slow-moving storms will continue through Friday night and into the wee hours on Saturday.

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LOOKING AHEAD: TEMPERATURES RISE AND FALL WITH RAIN CHANCES

The weekend will start off on a wet note across Manitoba as widespread rain spreads over the province for the day on Saturday. Scattered showers are possible farther west in Saskatchewan.

A risk for thunderstorms will build across the western Prairies as a boundary parks itself over the region.

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Some of the thunderstorms could approach severe limits from northeastern British Columbia through central Saskatchewan, including Fort McMurray, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon.

The strongest storms that form in these areas could produce strong wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rainfall.

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Sunday will see a cold front sagging south from the northern Prairies. Conditions will briefly warm up ahead of the front, with temperatures falling to near- or below-seasonal levels for much of the week.

Here's a look at some of the storms that have swept across the Prairies this week:

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Be sure to check back for the latest updates across the Prairies.

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