An active and stormy pattern continues across the Prairies, with widespread rain and thunderstorms expected. Storms may become severe at times through Wednesday, threatening strong winds and potential golf ball-sized hail in some areas.
On Thursday, there is another large region under the risk for scattered storms, with the greatest chances for severe thunderstorms to develop over parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Cooler weather will spread east across the Prairies through the weekend, as below seasonal temperatures dominate much of next week as well. More on the storm timing and impacts, below.
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WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: SEVERE THUNDERSTORM THREAT WITH STRONG WINDS AND LARGE HAIL
There is a widespread thunderstorm threat throughout the Prairies on Wednesday, with a couple of areas at a heightened risk for storms to become severe.
“From Calgary to just south of Edmonton, there is the risk for storms that could produce strong wind gusts and large hail, up to nickel and loonie size,” says Matt Grinter, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
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These storms will develop through the evening and continue into the early overnight hours as well.
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In eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba, there’s also the threat for stronger storms to develop, with once again, powerful wind gusts and large hail on the table.
“Hail in these regions may be slightly larger with loonie and even up to golf ball-sized hail possible,” Grinter adds. “With this area, there is the chance for some rotating storms as well.”
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On Thursday, there is another large region with the risk for scattered thunderstorms, along with threat for storms to turn severe across Saskatchewan and Manitoba once again.
The heaviest rain with these storms is expected to be across central Alberta, central Saskatchewan and parts of southern Manitoba, with widespread totals of 25-50+ mm, and locally higher amounts likely. The showery weather continues across Manitoba into Saturday.
Cooler weather will spread east across the region for the weekend, with a brief warm-up early next week, followed by near to below seasonal temperatures for much of the week.
Be sure to check back for the latest updates across the Prairies.