Thunderstorm watch placed on much of southwestern Manitoba

By | June 8, 2020

Stormy weather is expected to continue in parts of southwestern Manitoba Monday morning. 

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for heavy rain, strong winds and damaging hail.

The thunderstorms, which developed overnight, are expected to persist until late Monday morning.

The thunderstorm warning is in effect for:

  • Brandon.
  • Neepawa.
  • Carberry.
  • Treherne.
  • Virden.
  • Souris.
  • Minnedosa and Riding Mountain National Park.
  • The municipalities of Ste. Rose, McCreary, Gladstone and the rural municipality of Alonsa.
  • The municipalities of Arborg, Hecla, Gypsumville and Ashern and  Fisher River First Nation.
  • Grand Rapids, including Waterhen.

Much of southwestern Manitoba is under a severe thunderstorm watch. (Environment Canada)

Environment Canada had issued tornado watches over the weekend around Morden, Winkler and Steinbach, Man., Those tornado watches were lifted by 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

Some communities are already drenched. Thunderstorms Sunday night produced loonie- to toonie-sized hail in Altona, Environment Canada said.

Rainfall amounts include:

  • Gardenton — 131 millimetres.
  • Woodridge — 129 millimetres.
  • Zoda —  80 millimetres.
  • Emerson — 64 millimetres.
  • Winnipeg near The Forks — 24 millimetres.
  • Winnipeg airport — 22 millimetres.

In Winnipeg there is also a risk of thunderstorms Monday, with a 60 per cent chance of showers this morning, and a 30 per cent chance of showers this afternoon. It will also be very hot, with a high of 29 C, but it could feel like 37 C with the humidity. 

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