More Wet Weather on the Way

More rain is in store early this week as a well-developed low pressure system pushes across southern Manitoba. Accumulations will be relatively small in the Red River Valley, but more significant to the north and west.

A strong low pressure system will bring rain to southern Manitoba today
A strong low pressure system will bring rain to southern Manitoba today

This Week

Rain will move into southern Manitoba today in association with a strong low pressure system coming out of Montana. Light rain will likely begin in the Red River Valley this morning, continuing into the afternoon. Models show a break in the rain during the evening hours, which might just provide a good window for trick-or-treating. Regardless of whether it’s raining or not, temperatures will be favourable for the youngsters to be outdoors, with temperatures hovering in the mid-single digits. Total rainfall of 2-5 mm is expected today, with another 2-5 mm tonight. Parts of western Manitoba and the Interlake can expect total accumulations ranging from 10 to 25 mm.

Today’s weather system will still be lingering over Manitoba on Tuesday, with some showers remaining possible through Tuesday morning. A drier flow should develop by Tuesday afternoon, signalling an end to the precipitation. Temperatures will remain relatively normal for late October, with high temperatures in the mid to upper single digits in southern Manitoba. Winds will be breezy out of the west at 20-30 km/h.

Nicer weather should arrive for Wednesday as a ridge of high pressure builds over the region. Mainly sunny skies and temperatures around or just below 10C are expected. Wednesday’s nice conditions should signal the beginning of a significant warm spell which should last into next week. Winds should be relatively light thanks to the surface ridge.

Long Range

Medium- to long-range models have been strongly hinting at a significant warm-up beginning mid to late this week. An anomalously strong upper ridge of high pressure is expected to build over Central North America, signalling a period of well-above seasonal conditions for Manitoba. Given that our normal high is 4C, we can easily expect temperatures of 10-15C. It is not impossible that we reach the upper teens once or twice when the “heat” peaks sometime over the weekend or next week. Models strongly suggest that this above-seasonal pattern will exist for most, if not all, of the first half of November.

An unusually strong upper-level ridge will build over Manitoba by next weekend
An unusually strong upper-level ridge will build over Manitoba by next weekend


Scott grew up in Steinbach, Manitoba and joined A Weather Moment in January of 2012. Prior to his involvement with AWM he operated a website called Steinbach Weather, from 2007 until 2011. Steinbach Weather had many similarities to AWM, making for a smooth transition to his new meteorological home. Scott currently writes the Monday morning at AWM and also contributes to some of the unique products available at AWM, including the Manitoba Mesonet. Scott holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physical Geography from the University of Manitoba, with specialization in Atmospheric Science. He is currently working on a Master's Degree at the University of Manitoba, with a focus on elevated convection.

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