Torrential downpours, gusty winds and hail. You've probably seen it all if you're in southern Manitoba.
A massive low pressure system is lingering over the Prairie provinces, bringing heavy amounts of rain to the southern regions. Combine that with frontal boundaries and daytime heating, and forecasters say you have a recipe for thunderstorms. “We're looking at scattered severe thunderstorms this evening in both Manitoba and North Dakota,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “They'll be fueled by the heat.”
Dillon says he is not ruling out the possibility of tornadic activity. “It's possible, but more likely south of the border,” he explains.
It's been a soggy spring in southern Manitoba. The province has seen rainfall amounts that are well above average for the season. Last month, a two-day storm triggered major flooding in and around Winnipeg. Damage estimates from that storm are into the millions of dollars. A state of emergency was issued for the town of Emerson, where nearly every home was affected by flooding.
By the time this current system makes its way out of the area, more than 100mm of rain could fall. As a result, provincial officials have issued a flood watch.
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With files from Andrea Stockton.