WINNIPEG -- Much of southwestern Manitoba could see major thunderstorms on Saturday night.

According to Environment Canada, thunderstorms are developing along a cold front stalled over southern Manitoba, prompting them to issue an alert.

As of 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Environment Canada has issued severe thunderstorm watches for the following areas:             

  • City of Winnipeg
  • Dugald - Beausejour - Grand Beach
  • Killarney - Pilot Mound - Manitou
  • Morden - Winkler - Altona - Morris
  • Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman
  • Selkirk - Gimli - Stonewall - Woodlands
  • Steinbach - St. Adolphe - Emerson - Vita - Richer

A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain. A warning means a storm is imminent.

Environment Canada is reminding people that severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes and that lightning kills and injures Canadians every year.