Severe thunderstorm watch issued for southeast Manitoba, Winnipeg

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for southeastern Manitoba. Submitted by Shannon Bileski / Global News file photo

WINNIPEG – Environment Canada says severe thunderstorm conditions are possible in southeastern Manitoba on Friday afternoon.

Conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that could produce damaging wind gusts, damaging hail and heavy rain this afternoon or evening, an alert from the weather agency says.

A weak cold front will sweep eastward across the southern part of Manitoba late this afternoon and early this evening, hitting a hot, humid airmass over the southeastern part of the province and possibly triggering severe thunderstorms from the U.S. border to the Interlake region.

The thunderstorms are predicted to move slowly east toward the Ontario border by mid-evening.

People in the path of the storms should take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches, the alert says.

Areas covered by the thunderstorm watch are:

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  • Winnipeg
  • Portage la Prairie, Headingley, Brunkild, Carman
  • Selkirk, Gimli, Stonewall, Woodlands, Eriksdale
  • Morden, Winkler, Altona, Emerson, Morris
  • Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Dominion City, Vita, Richer
  • Arborg, Hecla, Fisher River, Gypsumville, Ashern
  • Berens River, Little Grand Rapids, Bloodvein, Atikaki
  • Bissett, Nopiming Provincial Park, Pine Falls
  • Dugald, Beausejour, Grand Beach
  • Sprague, Northwest Angle Provincial Forest
  • Whiteshell, Lac Du Bonnet, Pinawa

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