Saskatoon was battered Monday afternoon and early evening as a system blew through that area around 5:00 P.M.
It brought rain, hail, thunder and lightning to the Bridge City and caught many people off-guard – especially drivers.
The brief storm caused some streets to flood Monday evening likely due to the hail which came down – violently, in some cases – in various parts of the city.
Brad Vrolijk with Environment Canada says the storm wasn’t unexpected, but it still did do some damage.
“We had quite a few reports of hail out of the region,” Vrolijk said. “But in Saskatoon we had up to quarter-sized hail reported. It appeared as though in some places, that small-sized hail ended up blocking storm sewers.”
Saskatoon Police urged residents to stay indoors while the storm system moved through. Officers were also on the scene at Fairlight Drive where several cars were stranded in high water. There were reports of high water in many parts of the city.
Downed power lines also became a temporary hazard in some sections of Saskatoon. The city says it had crews out responding to power outages and lifted manhole covers. The Industrial neighborhood lost power when lightning damaged a capacitor bank.
Hail and heavy rain was reported in many areas of southern Saskatchewan as well, aside from Saskatoon. Hail sizes range from loonie-sized hail, to golf balls to nickel sizes.
Vrolijk says many parts of central and southern Saskatchewan got parts of this storm.
“It started in Saskatoon,” Vrolijk said. “And then a line of thunderstorms developed eastward. All the way into the Manitoba border. Probably the biggest impact from that was rainfall.”
Estevan had 113 km/hr wind gusts. As well, there were unconfirmed reports of a tornado near LaPorte, Sask. (near Kindersley) And an uncofirmed report of a funnel cloud near Filmore, Sask., according to Vrolijk.
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Saskatoon’s airport reports only about 14 mm of rain, however, reports of rainfall amounts varied throughout the city of Saskatoon. Environment Canada says amounts between 10 to 40 mm of rain was reported there.
In other areas of Saskatchewan, unsettled weather was also the norm, with storms reported around Regina, Estevan and Weyburn.
Vrolijk says central and southern regions can expect a bit more of this unsettled weather Tuesday.
“There’s a chance for more thunderstorms today,” Vrolijk said. “We’re not expecting them to be nearly as severe as yesterday. But with the environment which is in place, there is a possibility of funnel clouds.”
Vrolijk urges travellers and those affected by possible storms to keep a close eye on weather forecasts throughout the day.