Environment Canada confirms that a tornado touched down west of Biggar on Friday afternoon.
Dan Fulton, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said that the tornado touched down for around five minutes. Fulton said that five minutes is generally the normal amount of time that a tornado will be down for on the prairies.
Fulton said that the tornado touched down in a farmer’s field and that he was not aware of any damage.
According to Fulton, storms originally developed to the south and west of Saskatoon and eventually moved south from there.
Environment Canada hearddid hear reports of funnel clouds in the area west of Highway 11. Fulton said that large hail the size of ping pong balls was also reported west of Kenaston.
Environment Canada says that Saskatchewan could be seeing more weather like this as Saturday is looking quite “unsettling”.
Watches and warnings could be issued for southern Saskatchewan as the storm areas become more clear.
Fulton said that if people are in the path of severe weather, they should take shelter. The best place to go is as low as you can go in your house and, if possible, take shelter under something solid to avoid any possible debris.
It is also recommended that people stay away from windows.
— Notanee Bourassa (@DJHardwired) July 2, 2016
Not quite as photogenic as the Alberta storms today but I will take this shot from Chamberlain, SK this evening pic.twitter.com/C5OzcSIVRu
— Greg Johnson (@TornadoGreg) July 2, 2016
— Jeff Wilson (@Dogfan88) July 2, 2016