A light show was provided for residents of southeast Saskatchewan Monday night, accompanied by a cacophony of thunder and rain. While the latest edition of summer thunderstorm was felt more in other areas, tornado watches were issued for most of the late afternoon and evening.
"The worst of the storms were actually a bit to your west. There were a couple of tornadoes that were confirmed, and potentially another one that could have occurred in areas across southern Saskatchewan," said Environment Canada's John Paul Cragg.
"We also received information about hail, 45 millimeter golfball sized hail near Morse, Sk, and golfball sized hail near Crestwynd, damage to property in that area. (There was) ping pong ball sized hail in Willowbunch and Crane Valley, and lots of other places that saw quarter to golfball sized hail as well. These storms were pretty strong, and brought a lot of severe weather."
However, we haven't heard the end of it yet, as fresh systems are forecasted to move in for a repeat performance.
"You can expect to see all sorts of severe weather with the storms that will be rolling across the province today. The worst of the weather looks like it will be in southern Saskatchewan, by the time the storms get to you in Estevan, it will be later in the evening or overnight period," Cragg noted.
They are expected to move across the province from west to east. He advised folks to keep and eye on the watches and warnings, and to be prepared to take safety measures.