Storm cells have potential to develop tornadoes across Saskatchewan
Parts of south and central Saskatchewan, including Saskatoon, are under severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings.
Environment Canada severe weather specialist John Paul Cragg said southeast of the Town of Outlook, there are storm cells that have the potential to develop into tornadoes.
"We got a line of thunderstorms from Saskatoon and all the way down to just east of Val Marie," said Cragg, adding that the line of storms will be moving east throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
Cragg said currently, it appears Saskatoon will likely not see any twisters. "We don't think there are tornados associated with the cells coming into Saskatoon."
He said residents should expect heavy winds, strong downpour and large hail.
"People should stay inside. With the heavy winds, rain and hail, it can still be quite dangerous," said Cragg.
In the Village of Kinley, approximately 50 minutes west of Saskatoon, a caller said she saw some "very wicked looking clouds."
"I was looking at the clouds. East of me, they were heading southwest really fast. West of me, they were heading northeast and some of them were heading southwest," said Rita.
Further south, tornado hunter Greg Johnson said he witnessed two unconfirmed twisters touch down earlier this afternoon near Lake Diefenbaker.
"Today has been a tornado day for sure. We had at one point, clearly two visible tornadoes on the ground and I don't think this is done yet," said Johnson, adding that "everyone" will be affected by the line of storms travelling across the province.
Now, Johnson is north of the town of Loreburn, near Danielson Provincial Park.
"I think we're going to hear about multiple tornado reports throughout the day today, I don't think this is the only one."
He said the storms stretch in almost a straight line from
around North Battleford down into Montana.
"As that line of thunderstorms passes across the province, I think everyone will be affected at some point."
Once that line of storms clears out later this evening, Johnson said he expects Saskatchewan to be in the clear.
With files from Trelle Burdeniuk and David Kirton