There was also a high risk for tornadoes and numerous funnel cloud sightings were reported.
Environment Canada received reports of at least seven tornado touchdowns including one near Gray and a couple west of Yorkton.
"These are just preliminary severe storm reports, so those numbers could climb," says Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
Environment Canada's preliminary tornado reports so far:
|Near Gray||4:40 pm||Rain-wrapped tornado|
|Near Hague||4:50 pm||Probable tornado|
|Near Kronau||4:55 pm||Tornado|
|Near Rosthern||5:00 pm||Possible tornado|
|West of Yorkton||6:05 pm||Tornado|
|Southwest of Yorkton||6:45 pm||Tornado|
|North of Humboldt||7:20 pm||Probable tornado|
"There was a lot of CAPE - the energy needed for storms - the right balance of shear - which causes rotation - and a strong trigger for a storm," explains Dayna Vettese, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "The set-up we saw was about as good (or as bad) as it gets for severe weather in July in the Canadian Prairies."
All tornado watches and warnings were dropped just after 9 pm local time, while the risk for severe thunderstorms continued through the night.
The severe storms also moved into Manitoba where a few wind gusts exceeding 80 km/h were recorded.
Conditions are improving as a ridge of high pressure builds into southern Saskatchewan. Sunny skies and cooler temperatures are expected Tuesday. http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/multiple-tornadoes-reported-in-saskatchewan/9378/