Parts of south-central Manitoba under severe thunderstorm warning

By | June 20, 2020

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for parts of south-central Manitoba, just west of Winnipeg.

In an online weather alert, Environment Canada said meteorologists were tracking a severe thunderstorm as of 7:27 p.m. that was capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel-sized hail and heavy rain.

The storm is located 5 kilometres northwest of St. Eustache and moving northeast at 30 km/h.

Severe thunderstorm warning in effect for:

  • RM of Cartier, including Elie, St. Eustache and Springstein.
  • RM of Portage la Prairie, including St. Ambroise.
  • RM of St. François Xavier.
  • RM of Woodlands, including Warren and Lake Francis.

Environment Canada has also issued several severe thunderstorm watches for the south, where its meteorologists said conditions are favourable for severe storms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

A low pressure system is triggering storm activity in southern Manitoba Saturday evening. These thunderstorms may become severe, the alert said.

Along with the City of Winnipeg, the watch also includes: 

  • Selkirk, Gimli, Stonewall and Woodlands.
  • Dugald, Beausejour and Grand Beach.
  • Bissett, Victoria Beach, Nopiming Provincial Park and Pine Falls.
  • Sprague and Northwest Angle Provincial Forest.
  • Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Emerson, Vita and Richer.
  • Whiteshell, Lac du Bonnet and Pinawa.

Environment Canada issues severe thunderstorm watches when atmospheric conditions are favourable for one or more of large hail, damaging winds and torrential rainfall.

Winnipeg reached a high of 21 C on Saturday, with a few showers with thunderstorms expected to end this evening.

The normal high for this time of year is 24 C.

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