Saturday's severe storm risk shifts to the eastern Prairies

Digital Writers
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Saturday's severe storm risk shifts to the eastern Prairies
Saturday's severe storm risk shifts to the eastern Prairies

Scary skies dominated Alberta for the last couple of days, though Friday's round of severe storms was not as punishing as Thursday's. For the weekend, the strongest severe risk shifts to the western Prairies, with one morning round in northwestern Ontario and another, stronger bout aiming for Saskatchewan and Manitoba in the afternoon. For a more detailed look, see below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Overnight storms continue into northwestern Ontario

  • Severe storm risk builds for the afternoon in Saskatchewan, Manitoba

  • Heat peaks on the western Prairies Saturday, moderates Sunday

  • Keep an eye on severe weather ALERTS in your area.

WEEKEND: LINGERING STORM POTENTIAL

Some of the overnight storms will linger somewhat into Saturday morning for parts of northwestern Ontario, with some enduring severe potential.

Further east, a very effective cold front will develop in southern Saskatchewan to start off the day, triggering strong storms as it crosses into Manitoba in the afternoon. With hot temperatures in the low to mid 30s, a slight southerly flow will provide ample energy for severe storms through the evening as they move east.

Presently, forecasters are looking at a risk of at least scattered severe storms from the Parkland Region to the international border and west of the Red River Valley. The main threats will be heavy rainfall, strong wind gusts and small hail.

PRRIsk2Sat
PRRIsk2Sat

Those aforementioned temperatures will feel even hotter on the western Prairies, with humidex values into the low-40s for some parts of southern Manitoba.

By Sunday, temperatures are expected to drop down into the mid-20s in southern Manitoba, as it will be on the backside of the trough and a ridge moving into the Great Lakes region, and temperatures will be more or less even across the region.

Prairie sunday
Prairie sunday

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