The Weather Network – Widespread thunderstorm threat spans the Prairies, risk of tornadoes

The risk for thunderstorms stretches across the Prairies once again on Thursday, with the threat for stronger storms to develop through the afternoon and evening hours. Large hail, powerful winds and even a tornado risk Are all on the table, so residents are urged to pay close attention to the weather alerts as the day progresses.

More on the storm timing and impacts, below.

A large system will impact all three Prairie provinces Thursday, bringing everything but the “kitchen sink” from eastern Alberta through to western Manitoba.

For central Saskatchewan and parts of central and southern Manitoba in particular, there is a heightened risk of severe weather to bubble up.


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An elongated boundary tracking across the central Prairies and associated upper level trough swinging into the western Prairies will be the triggers needed to spark widespread thunderstorms through the afternoon and evening hours.

There’s a threat for very large hail, strong wind gusts and even some tornadic activity where the storms will be the strongest. It’ll be important to stay up-to-date with the weather watches and warnings that may impact your area.

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In parts of southern and central Alberta, the ingredients are also there for funnel clouds to develop with colder air aloft.

Storms are likely to continue overnight across eastern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba.


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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.

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