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Severe storms possible this afternoon

A radar image from 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday shows a slow-moving storm near Lauder that is expected to produce 50-75 mm of rain. A second round of storms is expected this evening.

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A radar image from 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday shows a slow-moving storm near Lauder that is expected to produce 50-75 mm of rain. A second round of storms is expected this evening. (ENVIRONMENT CANADA)

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for most of southwestern Manitoba, with forecasters saying they expect two waves of storms to track through this afternoon.

The watch was issued just past 11 a.m., and quickly followed up with news that a storm had been spotted heading eastward in the southern part of the province, which was moving slowly and capable of dropping 50–75 mm of rain.

Forecasters say that conditions are favourable throughout Westman for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and torential rain.

Slow moving thunderstorms tracking across southwestern Manitoba are currently producing localized heavy rainfall. These thunderstorms are expected to weaken by early afternoon.

However a trough of low pressure invading from Saskatchewan is expected to create another round of intense thunderstorms later this afternoon into theis evening. Heavy rainfall, large hail and strong wind gusts will be the main threats with these thunderstorms.
 

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