It was one of those days where all the ingredients were ripe for severe weather in the Prairies Tuesday. Some even call it just another stormy summer night. Especially since severe and active weather is all the provinces have known lately.
Our Stormline was flooded with calls into the wee morning hours Wednesday as most people in Alberta and Saskatchewan were kept awake by the storms.
Yet another low pressure system moved into Alberta Tuesday, bringing heavy downpours, walnut sized hail and even reports of funnel clouds. That forced Environment Canada to issue a tornado warning late in the afternoon.
As the night progressed, severe cells began to develop in southern Saskatchewan where a tornado warning was put in place for the city of Saskatoon as well. By the early morning hours on Wednesday, the storm was downgraded to a severe thunderstorm warning. Although only funnel clouds were spotted and there were no reports of a twister touching down, the damage from this powerful system was extensive.
Downed trees, lightning strikes, large hail and flooded intersections are what residents in Saskatoon were left to deal with.
Even those in Regina were feeling the affects. The storm helped to knock out the power to about 13,000 customers. Most lights came back on by the late evening.
It looks like this latest bout of active weather isn't finished just yet.
“The unsettled conditions will continue for the Prairies again today,” explains The Weather Network's meteorologist Dayna Vettese. “Alberta and Saskatchewan face another risk for some potentially severe thunderstorms on Wednesday. Manitoba will be looking at the threat for severe storms as well as the system continues to move east.”
If you face active weather in your area, upload your photos to our Your Weather Gallery. Most pictures featured on this page are from what our viewers faced Tuesday night.
And for a closer look at the weather in your area, you can check out the Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV as your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.