An active week is set to end with a bang across the eastern Prairies as yet another threat for severe weather crops up across the region. Severe thunderstorms are likely across portions of the region. All modes of severe weather are possible, with one or two tornadoes possible. Pay close attention to weather alerts again on Friday. More on the storm timing and impacts, below.
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THURSDAY NIGHT: SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUE OVERNIGHT
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.
Storms will continue late into the evening and past midnight for many communities across Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and portions of northwestern Ontario.
Any severe storms that continue through the overnight hours could produce large hail, strong wind gusts, and heavy rainfall. Be aware of the risk for an isolated tornado, aswell. Remain alert for any watches or warnings that may be issued in your area.
FRIDAY: SEVERE WEATHER LIKELY IN MANITOBA AND ONTARIO
Friday may not be any quieter for eastern portions of the Prairies.
A powerful squall line is expected to form across the U.S. Upper Midwest during the day on Friday. Forecasters expect this squall line to slide across the international border during the afternoon hours.
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, strong wind gusts, and even the risk for a few tornadoes.
It'll be important to stay up-to-date with the weather watches and warnings that may impact your area.
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.
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.
Be sure to check back for the latest updates across the Prairies.