UPDATE: As of 7:35 p.m., the severe thunderstorm watch has ended.

The original article follows:

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Dauphin and surrounding areas.

It is currently in effect for the following communities:

  • Gilbert Plains Mun. incl. Ashville
  • Grandview Mun. incl. Valley River Res.
  • Mossey River Mun. incl. Winnipegosis and Fork River
  • Mun. of Ethelbert incl. Garland
  • Mun. of Roblin incl. Makaroff Shortdale and Bield
  • Mun. of Russell-Binscarth incl. Gambler Res.
  • R.M. of Dauphin incl. Sifton and Valley River
  • R.M. of Lakeshore incl. Ochre River and Makinak
  • R.M. of Lakeshore incl. Rorketon and Toutes Aides
  • R.M. of Riding Mountain West incl. Asessippi Prov. Park

According to Environment Canada, conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

They also say that a warm, moist and unstable air mass is in place over west-central Manitoba late this afternoon and that scattered thunderstorms will likely develop over the coming hours, some of which may become severe this evening.

More information can be found on the Environment Canada website.