Severe thunderstorm rolls through Winnipeg, bringing hail and heavy rain

A severe thunderstorm rolled through Winnipeg Thursday afternoon, producing heavy rain and hail in some areas of the city.

The warning was issued at 4:37 p.m. by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). The storm was located five kilometres east of Assiniboia and is moving southeast at 20 km/h.

ECCC says the storm slowly moved south across the western portion of Winnipeg between 4 and 5 p.m., with the largest hail reports happened between 4:30 and 4:50 p.m.

Lindonwoods saw the largest-sized hail with toonie-sized hails. Charleswood had loonie-sized hail, Whyte Ridge received nickel-sized, and the St, James area and Winnipeg Airport reported dime-sized hail.

Both downtown and the RM of Rosser received pea-sized hail.ECCC said the storm is capable of producing 90 kilometre/hour wind gusts and nickel-sized hail.

Some areas of Winnipeg, including Tuxedo and St. James, reported hail.


Meanwhile, heavy rains and hail have covered Portage Avenue in both directions near the Sturgeon Creek Bridge.

Several cars have stalled, and drivers are asked to find alternate routes. 

ECCC was reminding people to stay inside as the storm rolls through.

The warning has since ended in Winnipeg, but is now in effect for the RM of Ritchot, the RM of Tache and the RM of Mountain.

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