An active and stormy pattern continues across the prairies, with widespread rain and thunderstorms. The storm can at times become strong until Wednesday and threatens with strong winds and potential hail the size of golf balls in some areas.
On Thursday, there is another large region at risk of scattered storms, with the greatest chances of strong thunderstorms developing over parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Cooler weather will spread east across the prairies through the weekend, as temperatures during the season also dominate most of next week. More about the timing and effects of the storm below.
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WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: HAS THURSDAY THREAT WITH STRONG WIND AND GREAT HAGLE
There is a widespread thunderstorm threat throughout the prairies on Wednesday, with a few areas at increased risk of storms becoming severe.
“From Calgary to just south of Edmonton, there is a risk of storms that could produce strong gusts of wind and heavy hail, up to nickel and loonie size,” said Matt Grinter, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
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These storms will develop into the evening and continue into the early night hours.
In eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba, there is also the threat of stronger storms developing, with once again strong gusts of wind and heavy hail on the table.
“Hail in these regions can be a little bigger with loonie and even up to golf ball size possible,” Grinter adds. “With this area, there is also the possibility of some rotating storms.”
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On Thursday, there is another large region at risk of scattered thunderstorms, along with the threat of storms becoming severe over Saskatchewan and Manitoba 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 rainy weather continues over Manitoba until Saturday.
Cooler weather will spread east over the region over the weekend with a brief warm-up early next week, followed by almost below seasonal temperatures for most of the week.
Be sure to check back for the latest updates across the prairies.