A low pressure system developing in Alberta is expected to make for a stormy start to the long weekend in some areas throughout the Prairies.
“There's a setup through Wednesday night and into Thursday night, where some severe thunderstorms are likely in parts of the Prairies and into northwestern Ontario,” says Chris Scott, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
“These are not the small piddly Prairie storms of the spring, but the real husky storms of summer that can do some damage.”
The main action on Wednesday will be in southern Saskatchewan, with the biggest threats being heavy rain, large hail and strong winds. The thunderstorm risk will continue through the overnight hours in the region.
By Thursday afternoon, the focus will begin to shift to Manitoba with the potential for severe thunderstorms as the humidity continues to build throughout the day.
“All of the province, but especially central and southern zones and into extreme northwestern Ontario are at risk,” says Scott.
He adds that the timing of these storms could become problematic because many people start their Canada Day long weekend early. People heading to cabins and lakes especially to the north and east of Winnipeg should be aware of the storm potential, says Scott.