Tornado watches and warnings lifted for southwestern Manitoba

Environment Canada said meteorologists were reporting favourable conditions for severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes in the southwestern corner of Manitoba Tuesday evening.

Tornado watch in area where deadly storm touched down, killing 2 teens

Environment Canada says severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes may develop in the southwestern corner of Manitoba. (ahupepo/Shutterstock)

Environment Canada has lifted a series of tornado watches and warnings affecting southwestern Manitoba Tuesday evening.

A tornado warning was issued on Tuesday at 6:21 p.m. for the municipality of Roblin, including Makaroff, Shortdale and Bield. The warning has since been lifted.

A tornado watch, which was issued on Tuesday just after 4 p.m., was in place for the southwestern side of the province, from the area around Hamiota and Shoal Lake all the way south to the U.S. border.

The tornado watch has since been lifted.

Environment Canada issues weather watches when there is the potential for severe weather. Weather warnings are issued when that severe weather is actually occurring or is imminent.

The weather agency said isolated or scattered thunderstorms were expected to develop later Tuesday afternoon over southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba, which could produce a tornado.

The area under the watch was deeply affected by a deadly tornado that touched down earlier this month.

Shayna Barnesky and Carter Tilbury died after their pickup truck was swept up by a twister on the evening of Aug. 7 near Virden, about 270 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

As of 11:07 p.m. Tuesday, a series of severe thunderstorm watches that had been issued for all of southwestern Manitoba had been lifted.

For the latest updates on weather alerts in Manitoba, visit the Environment Canada website.