Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the southwest part of Saskatchewan.
The ares under the advisory are: Assiniboia – Gravelbourg – Coronach. City of Regina. Estevan – Weyburn – Radville – Milestone. Fort Qu’Appelle – Indian Head – Lumsden – Pilot Butte. Kindersley – Rosetown – Biggar – Wilkie – Macklin. Leader – Gull Lake. Moose Jaw – Pense – Central Butte – Craik. Outlook – Watrous – Hanley – Imperial – Dinsmore . Swift Current – Herbert – Cabri – Kyle – Lucky Lake.
Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.
A low pressure trough over southwestern Saskatchewan will move slowly eastward today and this evening. As the trough encounters the warm, humid, and unstable airmass in place, thunderstorms will form, first in the west early this afternoon and in the mid to late afternoon in the east. Some of these thunderstorms could become severe with large hail and damaging wind gusts the main threat. Any thunderstorms that form will drift into regions near the Manitoba border this evening.
In addition, conditions may be favourable for funnel clouds this afternoon over the western half of the watch area as thunderstorms develop.
Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Stay indoors when a thunderstorm strikes. There isn’t a place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm.