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Southern Manitoba bracing for more severe weather – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG – Southern Manitoba is under yet another set of watches and warnings Saturday.

On Friday, the southern part of the province was walloped by an intense storm that brought massive hail and torrential downpours, now Manitobans are preparing for yet another storm to hit.

Gladstone was one of the hardest hit areas. Environment Canada said the area saw 46 mm of rainfall after midnight. Beausejour and Selkirk recorded around 12 mm of rain. In Winnipeg, readings taken from the airport showed 8.3 mm while the Forks registered at 11.1 mm.

A large chunk of hail which hit Silver Falls Friday evening.

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Large golf ball sized hail rang down in many areas including Matlock, where Environment Canada said pieces 2 inches in diameter were found.

The special weather statement issued for southern Manitoba quickly changed to a slew of warnings and watches by 11 a.m. Saturday.

Weather warning in effect for:

R.M. of Armstrong including Chatfield Meleb and SilverR.M. of Armstrong including Narcisse Inwood and FraserwoodR.M. of Coldwell including Lundar and ClarkleighR.M. of Eriksdale including Eriksdale and Dog Creek Res.R.M. of Gimli including Winnipeg Beach and ArnesR.M. of Rockwood including Stonewall and Stony MountainR.M. of Rockwood including TeulonR.M. of Rosser including Rosser and MeadowsR.M. of St. Andrews including Ponemah Whytewold and MatlockR.M. of St. Andrews including Selkirk Lockport and ClandeboyeR.M. of St. Laurent including St. Laurent and Oak PointR.M. of West St. Paul including Middlechurch and RiversideR.M. of Woodlands including Warren and Lake Francis

Environment Canada said a strong low pressure system approaching from the Dakotas will bring a combination of severe thunderstorms, heavy rain, and very strong winds to south-central and southeastern Manitoba Saturday and into Sunday.

Thunderstorms, some possibly severe will affect the area today with the main threats being large hail and torrential rains. The severe thunderstorm threat will diminish throughout the evening, with rain at times heavy filling in as the low moves over the region. Generally the southern part of the province will see between 25-50 mm of rain however there are some areas expected to see between 5-100 mm.

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:

R.M. of Armstrong including Chatfield Meleb and SilverR.M. of Armstrong including Narcisse Inwood and FraserwoodR.M. of Coldwell including Lundar and ClarkleighR.M. of Eriksdale including Eriksdale and Dog Creek Res.R.M. of Gimli including Winnipeg Beach and ArnesR.M. of Rockwood including Stonewall and Stony MountainR.M. of Rockwood including TeulonR.M. of Rosser including Rosser and MeadowsR.M. of St. Andrews including Ponemah Whytewold and MatlockR.M. of St. Andrews including Selkirk Lockport and ClandeboyeR.M. of St. Laurent including St. Laurent and Oak PointR.M. of West St. Paul including Middlechurch and RiversideR.M. of Woodlands including Warren and Lake Francis

Wind is also going to be a major issue for the southern part of the province. Within Winnipeg and the Red River Valley it’s expected winds will reach between 70-90 km/h.

However anyone in cottage country may want to take extra caution as gale force winds are expected on Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg.

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