Weather watches end in Southwest

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Environment Canada has lifted their tornado watch for the entire Southwest, but poor weather will impact other portions of Saskatchewan today.


At approximately 3:30 p.m., meteorologists were tracking a dangerous thunderstorm that was likely producing a tornado in the R.M. of Elmsthorpe, specifically northeast of Spring Valley and moving towards the communities of Hearne and Rouleau.

Monday's poor weather conditions began when a severe thunderstorm began in the in the Herbert, Morse, Ernfold and Gouldtown areas when Environment Canada tracked a line of thunderstorms shortly after 10 a.m. Storm spotters reported quarter-sized hail and an estimated four centimeters of rain along the area impacted by this line of morning thunderstorms.

Environment Canada was originally advising that strong thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes were expected this afternoon in the Swift Current - Herbert - Cabri - Kyle - Lucky Lake, plus the Shaunavon - Maple Creek - Val Marie - Cypress Hills forecast areas.

"The combination of an unstable airmass, daytime heating and a low pressure system moving into Saskatchewan from Alberta this morning will create very favourable conditions to trigger severe thunderstorms this afternoon. These thunderstorms may become capable of producing tornadoes, very large hail, very heavy rain and strong winds," the advisory noted.

Should you spot a funnel cloud or tornado, and only if it is safe to do so, you can call 1-800-239-0484 to report your sighting. Please note this phone number is for reporting severe weather only.

Organizations: Environment Canada

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