A special weather statement issued by Environment Canada yesterday advises that a strong fall storm is on its way to parts of Westman.
Between 50-70 mm of rain is expected on Friday — possibly more in some areas — along with the chance for thunderstorms or severe thunderstorms.
The storm system developed over the southwestern United States yesterday and is forecast to track across the Dakotas today, heading up into the southwestern corner of Manitoba tonight.
As of 5 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, Environment Canada had rainfall warnings in effect for areas of Manitoba along the Saskatchewan border, including a stretch from Dauphin and Roblin, down through Riding Mountain, Minnedosa and Neepawa, to the Virden-Souris region.
That will bring heavy rain to Westman beginning this morning and continuing through tonight.
Northwesterly winds will be increasing through the day tomorrow as this system intensifies, with gusts to 60 km/h likely by tomorrow afternoon and evening.
Today’s forecast for the city of Brandon called for showers with a risk of a thunderstorm, with 5 to 10 mm of rain expected. The risk of a thunderstorm continues tonight, with a further 10 to 20 mm of precipitation.
Environment Canada says the public should keep an eye on future forecasts as weather warnings may be required.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 11, 2013