On Thursday, June 9, severe thunderstorms moved across central and southern Saskatchewan which led to warnings for strong winds and large hail, The Weather Network reported.
It turns out that those warnings were accurate because in Grand Coulee, which is located just west of Regina, so much hail came down that it made the roads and other surfaces look like they were covered in snow.
People posted photos of reduced visibility during the hail storm and of the aftermath with highways and fields buried in hail.
Regina Fire tweeted that crews were called at 3:55 p.m. local time on Thursday because multiple vehicles were in the ditch near Grand Coulee.
"Minor injuries reported by firefighters," the fire department said.
\u201cCrews were called at 3:55pm for multiple vehicles in the ditch west of Regina near Grand Coulee. Minor injuries reported by firefighters. Crews are now clear of the scene. #YQR\u201d— Regina Fire (@Regina Fire) 1654815017
Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan, a unit of the Regina Police, also tweeted about the storm and shared photos of crews helping motorists who had gone into ditches off the highway.
\u201c*Scottish accent*\n"There may 'ave been a wee bit o hail out buy Grand Coulee today"\nHwy 1\n@reginapolice\u201d— Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (@Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan) 1654813697
"Cars were hitting the ditch today. Slow down in bad weather folks! Even in the summer. Excess speed and/or bald tires can lead to hydroplaning which can lead to skidding which can lead to this," the police unit said.
It was also reported that there were no serious injuries related to the storm.
\u201cThankfully no serious injuries.\u201d— Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (@Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan) 1654813697
According to The Weather Network, stronger atmospheric dynamics supported the development of the severe storms that rolled through the province.
Plus, "a strong rising motion in the atmosphere" gave the thunderstorms the ability to suspend hailstones for a longer time.
By around 8:00 p.m. local time, all of the thunderstorm watches and warnings issued for the area had been dropped.
It seems like summer will be less winter-like in Saskatchewan as Canada's summer forecast is calling for a "sizzling" season, especially in central and western parts of Canada!