The Weather Network – Tornado watch issued as severe storms target NW Ontario, Manitoba

1:04 PM EDT – Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued a tornado watch for portions of northwestern Ontario on Friday afternoon.

“Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms which may produce tornadoes,” ECCC said in its watch. The agency added that “strong winds, large hail and heavy rain are also possible.”

CURRENT TORNADO WATCHES (ONTARIO):

  • Kenora-Nestor Falls
  • Fort Frances – Emo – Rainy River

Numerous thunderstorms are forecast to develop this afternoon and will continue into early tonight. A tornado watch indicates that conditions are favorable for tornado development. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. The warning indicates there is imminent danger to life and property – and to take shelter immediately.

Residents are advised to monitor weather alerts for updates on all watches and warnings throughout the duration of this event.

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Below is a broader look at this forecast.

After a multi-day thunderstorm threat that has spanned much of the Prairies this week, the severe weather chances will push eastwards on Friday, targeting parts of southern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario. All modes of severe weather are on the table, including powerful winds, very large hail and one or two tornadoes. You’ll want to pay close attention to the weather alerts once again on Friday as the storms progress through the afternoon and evening hours. More on the storm timing and impacts expected, below.


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FRIDAY: SEVERE WEATHER THREAT SHIFTS EASTWARDS INTO MANITOBA AND NORTHERN ONTARIO

Thursday was a rough day for much of the Prairies as widespread severe thunderstorms rolled across the region. More than a dozen tornado warnings were in effect at the same time at one point on Thursday evening.

Some warnings persisted into the overnight hours before eventually dropping through the predawn.

If the early morning storms didn’t wake you, there’s another chance to see them throughout the day on Friday. That’s as the threat shifts into eastern portions of the Prairies and northwestern Ontario.

A powerful squall line is expected to form across the US Upper Midwest during the day on Friday. Forecasters expect this squall line to slide across the international border during the afternoon hours.

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All modes of severe weather are possible on Friday as the squall line moves across southern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario.

Storms could produce very large hail, some the size of golf balls, strong wind gusts, heavy rain and even the risk for a few tornadoes near the international border.

Frequent lightning is also expected so evening activities may be impacted.

It’ll be important to stay up-to-date with the weather watches and warnings that may impact your area.

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Some of the storm risk will occur after dark.

Nocturnal severe thunderstorms are especially dangerous because it’s easy to miss warnings while you’re asleep and it’s more difficult to see hazards heading your way.

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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 Manitoba.


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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:

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

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