Tornado warnings came and went for parts of southeast Saskatchewan on Wednesday afternoon.
The first was issued at 3:50 p.m. for the areas around Carnduff, Gainsborough, and Carievale – though about 15 minutes later the warnings for Carnduff ended. It was around 4:30 p.m. that the last tornado warning ended.
At the time Environment Canada warned of possible tornados, hail the size of softballs, and damaging winds from the storms. They were moving along Highway 18, headed toward Manitoba.
Thunderstorm warnings and watches also cropped up for several parts of the province earlier on Wednesday afternoon.
Weather statements posted around 12:46 p.m. said Environment Canada meteorologists were tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, hail somewhere between the size of a nickel to a ping pong ball, along with heavy rain.
The weather agency issued warnings for central west Saskatchewan, including areas such as the Battlefords, Maidstone, Meadow Lake, Big River, Prince Albert and Spiritwood.
A thunderstorm watch was in effect for the La Ronge and Prince Albert National Park region, along with areas in the province’s southeast corner.
Environment Canada warns people to take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.