Some people living in Moose Jaw, Sask. woke up thinking winter may have hit again — and took to the streets to shovel in their shorts.
Moose Jaw resident Jocelyn Froehlich said the severe hail storm hit without warning after developing in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“It was quite crazy and loud,” said Froehlich.
“At about 3 o’clock in the morning the weather rolled in and it lasted for about 20 to 30 minutes, and it was non-stop hail pounding our house.”
Froehlich captured a video from her front door of what looks like a December snow storm.
With shovel in hand right after the storm, Froehlich was out shovelling the hail away from her home and windows.
Photos of the storm are circulating through social media.
According to residents and Environment Canada, the storm cell popped up fast and hit the city with hail and strong winds.
“The highest intensity were really right over the city. With this intense thunderstorm Moose Jaw got a lot of hail,” said John Paul Cragg, a meteorologist with Environment Canada who specializes in warning preparedness.
“It was fairly small hail, about pea size, but the accumulations were obviously pretty dramatic in the city itself.”
This is not the first time the city has faced a severe hail storm. In 2016 another storm that flooded parts of the city and caused some major damage.