Southwestern Manitoba placed under severe thunderstorm watch

The storm looms near Virden, Man., in July. A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for the area Wednesday. Submitted by T. Skelton / Global News

WINNIPEG – Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for southwestern Manitoba, including Brandon, Virden, Souris, Boissevain and Killarney.

“Conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and torrential rain,” the advisory says.

Slow-moving thunderstorms are producing localized heavy rainfall, the weather agency said.

The thunderstorms are forecast to weaken by early afternoon, but another round of intense thunderstorms is expected later this afternoon and this evening as a trough of low pressure moves in from Saskatchewan.

Earlier severe thunderstorm warnings issued for a storm tracking east from near Lauder, Man., were all ended by 2 p.m.

Communities under the severe thunderstorm watch are:

  • Virden, Souris
  • Brandon, Carberry, Treherne
  • Melita, Boissevain, Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
  • Killarney, Pilot Mound, Manitou

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