Funnel clouds, hail and more from Saturday’s severe weather

Many areas in the province were affected Saturday by strong winds, heavy rain and even hail.

It caused Country Thunder’s last couple acts of the night to cut their set short or cancel altogether while the crowd took shelter from the elements.

But the valley wasn’t the only place hit by some serious weather.

A couple different storms crossed over from the western portion of the province and made its trek all the way east throughout the day.

Environment Canada meteorologist Mark Melsness talked about the southeastern corner of Saskatchewan in particular and gave some details on the severe weather out there.

“We had quite a strong storm just to the east of Estevan and that went on to produce golf ball-sized hail in the Northgate area,” said Melsness, who mentioned the tornado was around 15 kilometres east of the city.

“There was also a funnel cloud that appeared to have touched the ground, and fortunately no damage reported from that one.”

This photo of the lightning storm was captured from Craven last night. (Photo courtesy of Tracey Ellis/Twitter)

Communities in west central Saskatchewan were on the lookout for a possible funnel cloud too when tornado warning alerts were sent out.

The storm marched through towns including Kindersley, Coleville and Fiske leaving quarter to tennis ball-sized hail behind as it continued its journey to Lake Diefenbaker towards communities such as Elbow and Mistusinne.

The weather agency even received reports of hail severely damaging vehicles at Douglas Provincial Park.

Hail similar to golf balls also caused damage to crops and vehicles in the Chamberlain-Davidson areas.

As for Sunday’s forecast, hot and humid weather in the afternoon may be a recipe for another nasty storm on the prairies.

“Again, there’s a risk of severe thunderstorms. No watches yet, but we’ll be monitoring that throughout the day,” added Melsness. “Most likely times for showers and thunderstorms would be late afternoon and into the evening hours.”

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