Severe thunderstorm cells moving across Southwest

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A line of thunderstorms has formed in the Southwest, with a series of severe thunderstorm warnings issued in advance of these storms.

At mid afternoon severe thunderstorms had been issued for: RM of Frontier (including Frontier and Claydon); RM of White Valley (including Eastend and Ravenscrag); the RM of Arlington (including Dollard); plus the RM of Carmichael.

Environment Canada noted radar showed a line of rapidly developing thunderstorms stretching from Hazlet to Eastend to Claydon. This line of thunderstorms was moving slowly northeastward. These storms were expected to continue to intensify into the early evening hours, and large hail and localized heavy rain was likely with these storms.

Environment Canada has placed the entire Southwest under a severe thunderstorm watch for this afternoon.

The weather advisory notes that the potential exists for the development of severe thunderstorms with large hail and damaging winds.

Environment Canada's warning advises that thunderstorms are expected to develop along a cold front sweeping through Alberta into Western Saskatchewan this afternoon. Some of these developing storms are expected to be severe, with large hail, damaging winds, heavy downpours, and frequent lightning. An isolated tornado is also possible.

The threat of severe weather will diminish late this evening.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Western Saskatchewan

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