Near-Seasonal Temperatures Return for the Weekend

Cooler temperatures have moved into Southern Manitoba behind a low pressure system that brought a few showers and strong northerly winds as it moved across the Red River Valley yesterday evening. Today will be a cool, dreary return to chilly fall weather, but a gradual moderation of temperatures is in store for the remainder of the weekend.

7°C / 0°C
Cloudy; chance of drizzle or showers

10°C / 6°C
Mainly cloudy

14°C / 3°C
Mainly sunny

A less-than-pleasant day is in store for Winnipeg today as breezy northerly winds around 30km/h continue to push a cool air mass southwards into the Red River Valley, leaving us with a dreary day with a high barely above where it starts the day off at. The temperature will struggle to climb to 7 or 8°C today under cloudy skies alongside a slight chance of drizzle or shower activity. Skies will remain mainly cloudy tonight with a chance of a few clear breaks late overnight; the temperature will drop to between 0–2°C for the overnight low.

This animation of 850mb temperatures (running from Friday evening to Saturday evening) shows warmer air pushing eastwards into Manitoba.
This animation of 850mb temperatures (running from Friday evening to Saturday evening) shows warmer air pushing eastwards into Manitoba.

There isn’t too much to say about the weekend other than conditions will gradually improve. Saturday looks fairly cloudy with a high near 10°C and light winds. A partly cloudy night will see the temperature dropping to 6°C or so. Sunday will be quite a pleasant day with temperatures climbing back above normal under mainly sunny skies. Expect a high near 14–15°C and an overnight low on Sunday night near 3°C. At this point, it does look like a low pressure system will move through the Interlake on Sunday, bringing some showers along with it. Current indications are that all of that activity will remain to the north and east of Winnipeg, but we’ll keep an eye on it as the system develops.

Heading into next week looks very nice with temperatures returning to the upper teens as another upper-level ridge builds into the Prairies, spreading mild Pacific air eastwards once again.

Another Storm on the Way

Wednesday will be a brief reprieve from the showery weather before a fairly potent low pressure system spreads more rain & thunderstorm activity across Southern Manitoba tonight into tomorrow morning and brings dreary weather for Thursday with strong northwesterly winds.

23°C / 13°C
A few sunny breaks; rain overnight.

19°C / 6°C
Rain and drizzle tapering off mid-day. Risk of a thunderstorm. Windy.

19°C / 5°C
Mainly sunny.

Today will be a fairly pleasant day with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 23°C or so. There’s a slight chance of an isolated shower or three through the Red River Valley, including Winnipeg, but for now it looks like the activity should mainly remain to our west over southern Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba.

Tonight, an inverted trough extending NW from a low pressure system moving through the Dakotas will spread rain with the risk of thunderstorms eastwards into the Red River Valley. Rain will likely start sometime after 1AM and persist until mid-morning Thursday. The temperature will dip to around 13°C.

The Canadian RDPS is one of the models rather bullish on higher precipitation amounts Wednesday night.
The Canadian RDPS is one of the models rather bullish on higher precipitation amounts Wednesday night.

Rainfall totals for tonight are still uncertain; the general agreement is for between 10–20mm, however if substantial elevated convection develops as much as local amounts of 40–50mm may be possible. The low end of precipitation forecasts produce only around 5mm of rain.

I feel fairly comfortable with 10–20mm of rain tonight, but we’ll reassess the elevated convection potential later today and update if necessary. We’ll try and have an update fairly early this afternoon.

Unpleasant Thursday

Thursday will be quite an unpleasant day as Winnipeg moves onto the back side of the low pressure system lifting northeastwards into Ontario. The bulk of the rain should taper off mid-day, but brisk northwesterly winds building to 30–40km/h will accompany cloudy skies and a high struggling to climb into the upper teens. It’s also fairly likely drizzle will persist after the main area of rain moves out, making for a generally dreary day.

Skies will clear out for the evening, although there may be some cloudy periods through the first half of the night with some cloud moving off of Lake Manitoba, and temperatures will drop to a chilly 5 or 6°C.

Fall-Like Friday

Friday will be fairly pleasant, albeit cool, with mainly sunny skies and a high near 19 or 20°C. Winds will be fairly light through the day.

Friday night should bring clear skies and a low near 5 or 6°C.

A Look Ahead to the Weekend

The upcoming weekend is looking fairly good with unpleasant weather staying to our north. It’s looking like plenty of sun is in store with daytime highs in the ballpark of the seasonal 21°C mark and overnight lows moderating by the end of the weekend.

A Brief Reprieve

This weekend will bring a brief reprieve from the wet weather before a Colorado Low begins impacting the region for the start of next week. Temperatures will remain below normal, but we should see plenty of sunshine with just relatively light south-easterly winds.

8°C / 0°C
Mainly cloudy. Chance of showers or drizzle.

10°C / 3°C
Partly cloudy.

11°C / 4°C
Increasing cloud.

Today will bring mostly cloudy skies with a chance for some lingering showers or drizzle as the system that’s been impacting us over the past few days slides off into Ontario. Clouds will begin to break up a bit in the afternoon as we head towards our high of around 8°C, however it won’t be until the evening or overnight period until we see the clouds actually begin to clear out.

Saturday look like the nicest day of the next few, with more sun than cloud and a high near 10 or 11°C. The wind will be out of the southeast at around 20-30km/h, but otherwise it’ll be a pleasant – albeit cooler than normal – spring day. We’ll drop to around 2 or 3°C on Saturday night under mainly clear skies.

Sunday will herald the arrival of the next storm to impact the Prairies: a massive Colorado Low that looks to stall out over the northern Plains of the United States and absolutely smother the Prairies in precipitation.

24hr. precipitation forecast from the GDPS showing anywhere as much as 30-40mm of rain from Sunday night through Monday.
24hr. precipitation forecast from the GDPS showing anywhere as much as 30-40mm of rain from Sunday night through Monday.

This system looks to be extremely complex with multiple features interacting with each other: the Colorado Low itself, a large inverted trough that looks to develop along a north/south line through Saskatchewan, and the occlusion of the upper-level low centre that will stall the system out over the Northern Plains. Subtle variations in any one of these features can dramatically alter the weather outcome, let alone how those variations will interact with each other across these features. In addition, there will be a fairly significant high pressure system through Northern Manitoba that will surely do it’s best to inject dry air into the system and really sharpen up the northern edge of it. Needless to say, we’ll be keeping a close eye on this one and have more details on where, and how much, precipitation might actually happen in the comments below as things begin to come together.