Rain Today Gives Way to Sunny & Seasonal Weather

The reprieve from yesterday’s 10-20mm of rain that fell across the Red River Valley will be short-lived as another disturbance will move through the region today and bring more wet weather. Fortunately, things will improve quickly with clouds clearing out for Tuesday and Wednesday alongside a rebound to seasonal temperatures.

It will be another cool one in Winnipeg today with mainly cloudy skies and intermittent showers as a disturbance slumps southwards from the Interlake, bringing another couple millimetres of rain to the region. Temperatures will top out at just 12°C today, kept down by the cooler air mass and brisk northerly winds that will develop a bit later this morning to around 30 gusting 50 km/h. The rainy weather will finally taper off late this afternoon into the early evening, and Winnipeg will be left with cloudy skies and northerly winds of 15 to 20 km/h as temperatures dip to a low near 8°C.

Light rainfall accumulations are expected across portions of Southern Manitoba today.

Tuesday will be a much nicer day with skies clearing in the morning and then temperatures climbing to a high near 19°C. Winds will remain out of the north to northeast at 15-20 km/h. Expect a low near 9°C on Tuesday night under clear skies with light winds.

Wednesday will bring more pleasant weather to the city with mainly sunny skies and a high near 21°C. Winds will increase out of the south from calm to around 30 km/h through the day.

Long Range

Conditions will turn more unsettled through the second half of the week as a major storm develops over Alberta and track eastwards.

A very potent low pressure system will develop in Alberta on Wednesday, bringing very strong and potentially damaging winds with it. This system will track eastwards and weaken through the second half of the week.

As it does so, Winnipeg will see a few chances for precipitation Thursday through Saturday, but it really seems like we’ll avoid the worst of this system. We’ll be keeping an eye on it as it develops and begins to push towards the region.

Winnipeg’s seasonal daytime high is currently 21°C while the seasonal overnight low is 7°C.

Warmer, Cloudier Conditions Arrive for the Weekend

After a couple windy and seasonably cool days, temperatures are set to warm slightly towards near-seasonal values. Unfortunately, the sun will end up rather elusive through the weekend as a low pressure system lifting northwards out of Texas pushes towards Manitoba and spreads cloud into the region.

Despite a rather cool start to the morning, temperatures will rebound nicely today as the ridge of high pressure responsible for the cool, windy weather the past few days begins pushing off to the east. With light winds, Winnipeg will warm up to a high near 18 or 19°C under plenty of sunshine for much of the day. By mid- to late-afternoon, cloud cover will begin to push into the region from the south, spread northwards from a low pressure system heading towards Minnesota from Texas.

Winds will remain light on Friday night as temperatures drop to a low near 7°C under mixed to mostly cloudy skies.

Saturday will bring mostly cloudy skies to Winnipeg and the Red River Valley with temperatures climbing to a high near 18°C. Winds will remain light once again, making for a relatively pleasant day despite the lack of sunshine. Temperatures drop back down to around 8°C on Saturday night under cloudy skies.

Milder weather will push back into Manitoba for Friday and Saturday

Sunday will finally bring southern Manitoba under the influence of the low pressure system from Texas as pushes northeastwards through Minnesota. This system has a high chance of bringing some rain to southeastern Manitoba, but further west in the Red River Valley there exists a bit more uncertainty.

The bulk of the precipitation associated with this system will fall in Ontario, however it’s quite likely there will be a band of rain wrapping around the back-side of the low that impacts southeastern Manitoba. The biggest question is how far west that rain will be able to wrap around. The best indications at the moment is that the Whiteshell, Sprague, and areas primarily south of Steinbach and east of the Red River will see some rain, with areas further west in the Red River Valley having just a chance of showers. For the areas that do see rain, amounts should be light, with just around 2-4mm expected.

Some rain is expected to wrap-around a low pressure system into southeastern Manitoba on Sunday


Otherwise, temperatures will rise to a high near 17°C in Winnipeg while winds increase out of the north to 20-30 km/h. The chance for rain will taper off through the afternoon, then Winnipeg will head towards an overnight low of 8°C on Sunday night under mixed to cloudy skies.

Long Range

Much of the same is expected into the first half of next week. Monday will likely continue to bring fairly cloudy conditions with a very slight chance of a shower as temperatures climb to a high in the 15-20°C range. Tuesday into Wednesday should see things settle down with near-seasonal temperatures, but then the pattern may switch to slightly more unsettled, bringing in some chances for precipitation through the latter half of the week into the weekend.

Winnipeg’s seasonal daytime high is currently 20°C while the seasonal overnight low is 6°C.

Weather Settles to Breezy & Seasonably Cool

A ridge of high pressure building into Manitoba will usher in breezy northerly winds for Winnipeg and temperatures sightly below normal for mid-May.

Today will start off with overcast skies as a deck of stratus cloud pushes southwards through the region. The cloudy conditions will be made worse by northerly winds strengthening to 40-50 km/h with gusts to around 60 km/h. Skies will clear out in the afternoon, letting some sunshine through and helping temperatures reach a high near 14°C. Any remaining cloud will clear out tonight as temperatures drop to a low near +2°C with breezy northerly winds of 30-40 km/h.

An area of strong winds will develop over Southern Manitoba & the Northern Plains as air moves out of a high in Saskatchewan into a low heading towards Wisconsin.

Thursday will see the centre of the high pressure system move into southern Manitoba. It will bring sunny skies and cool temperatures with a high near 14°C once again in Winnipeg, but those northerly winds will continue into the afternoon across the Red River Valley at 30 gusting 50 km/h.1 The winds will quickly taper off in the evening as Winnipeg heads to an overnight low near +2°C once again under clear skies.

On Friday, the ridge of high pressure will start departing off to the east, taking the colder air and breezy winds with it. This will allow temperatures to rebound back towards near-seasonal with Winnipeg seeing a daytime high near 18°C. While the day will start of sunny, some cloud cover will build into the region in the afternoon. Friday night will bring mixed to cloudy skies, light winds and a low near 6°C.

Long Range

The weekend is looking fairly pleasant with variable cloudiness and near-seasonal temperatures. There are some indications in the long-range models that the next chance for rain will arrive early next week, but confidence at this point is quite low. Otherwise, the weather will be consistent, if nothing else, over the coming week, with continued near-seasonal temperatures and variable cloudiness.

Winnipeg’s seasonal daytime high is currently 20°C while the seasonal overnight low is 6°C.


  1. Southwestern Manitoba will see relief earlier, with winds tapering off to around 15-20 km/h midday Thursday. 

Winnipeg Dodged The Weekend Rain, But Another Chance On The Way

Winnipeg managed to eke out a fairly pleasant Sunday with a cloudy morning giving way to sunny breaks in the afternoon as temperatures climbed up into the low 20’s. Showers that had the potential to impact the city ended up splitting as they entered the Red River Valley; one area headed to the north and across the Interlake while a second area of showers moved through North Dakota. Another chance for rain is on the way, though, with a low pressure system forecast to move through the region on Tuesday.

Attention now turns towards a developing low pressure system in Wyoming that will organize through the day today, strengthen tonight, and then move through the region on Tuesday.

Today will bring increasing cloud cover, particularly through the afternoon, but otherwise will be a pleasant day with a high near 22°C and relatively light winds. Tonight will bring mixed to cloudy skies with a low near 12°C as the low pressure system builds into North Dakota.

Tuesday’s forecast has a lot of room for error, but we’ll take a stab at broad generalities here. The short version: expect cloudy skies with a very good chance of seeing rain and/or thunderstorms beginning mid- to late-morning and tapering off in the late afternoon or early evening. Winds will pick up out of the north to northwest through the day to around 40 km/h as the low pressure centre moves through the Lake of the Woods region. Temperatures will top out near 15 or 16°C and drop to a low near 7°C on Wednesday night.

Some forecasts hint as much as 25-40*mm* of rain in the Red River Valley on Tuesday.

The long version: everything begins on Monday night as an area of thunderstorms develops across western North Dakota on the northern side of the surface low. These storms should expand in coverage through the night, spreading east-northeastwards along a warm front draped southwest-to-northeast across the state. This area of convective rainfall will spread into southwestern Manitoba late Monday night into Tuesday morning, then spread eastwards into the Red River Valley. At this point, there may be thunderstorms still embedded in the area of rainfall, but that risk will diminish through the morning. The rain will move eastwards through the day, then taper off in the late afternoon. With the convective nature of the rainfall, accumulations may end up being highly variable, but overall it seems like 10-20mm is quite likely, with higher amounts possible on a more localized level.

Now this is all fairly prone to error; primarily, a strong low-level jet is expected to develop across South Dakota along the eastern quadrant of the low, which may end up being a foci for thunderstorm development and rob this system of moisture that would have travelled further northwest or pull this system eastwards slightly faster, possibly causing the rain to pass to the southeast of the Red River Valley.

On Wednesday, the winds will remain gusty out of the north with temperatures climbing to a high, optimistically, near 11°C. Skies will start off fairly cloudy, but gradually break up a bit for the afternoon. Significant clearing will likely hold off until the overnight period as temperatures drop to a low near 2°C.

The remainder of the week looks dry with highs slightly below-seasonal and a fair amount of sunshine.

Winnipeg’s seasonal daytime high is currently 20°C while the seasonal overnight low is 5°C.