Weather Set To Turn Warmer and Wetter

A large-scale pattern shift begins today that will bring warmer weather back to the region, but alongside the reprieve from the unseasonably cool temperatures comes a shift towards several days of unsettled weather.

Today will be a quiet day across the Red River Valley with sunny skies and a high near 15°C. Winds will be light as a ridge of high pressure moves across the region. Tonight will also bring fairly clear skies and a low near 4°C.

Warmer air will begin working into the region on Saturday, bringing with it partly cloudy skies as temperatures climb to a high near 19°C. Winds will pick up out of the east to around 30 km/h as a warm front sets up along the US border. Skies will remain partly cloudy overnight as temperatures dip to a low near 9°C with continued easterly winds at 20-30 km/h.

A warm front will lie along the US border on Saturday, with very warm temperatures just across North Dakota.

Sunday will be the turning point for Winnipeg as the first disturbance moves through the region. Winds will continue out of the southeast near 30 km/h until a cold front moves through sometime mid-day into the afternoon. This cold front will support an area of showers or thunderstorms as it moves through the region. As the front moves across southern Manitoba, skies will cloud up as temperatures climb to a high near 20°C.

The GDPS is forecasting a swath of precipitation extending all the way from central Alberta across Saskatchewan and into southern Manitoba Sunday through Sunday night.

Once the front passes, temperatures will cool a bit as the winds taper off. Expect a low near 6°C on Sunday night with partly cloudy skies.

Long Range

The forecast through the first half of next week shows several disturbances moving through the region, however exactly where and how much rain falls with them is still very uncertain.

Expect plenty of cloud, particularly into the middle of the week. Temperatures will be mild both Monday and Tuesday, however a brief cool-down will likely happen mid-week with highs dropping into the low teens.

Winnipeg’s seasonal daytime high is currently 19°C while the seasonal overnight low is 5°C.

Unsettled Monday, Then A Return to Calmer Conditions

Unsettled Monday, Then A Return to Calmer Conditions

Today will be rather unsettled across the Red River Valley as a trough of low pressure moving through the regions supports scattered showers and thunderstorms. After it passes, though, an omega block begins to develop, bringing more settled weather to the region.

Today’s main weather will be two rounds of showers that move through the Red River Valley. The first round will be early this morning, a continuation of showers and thunderstorms that developed in Saskatchewan last night and have pushed eastwards overnight. There is a chance we’ll also see some embedded thunderstorms with this band as it moves through. General morning rainfall will be around 5-10mm in many areas, but due to the convective nature of the precipitation there will be significant variability, with some areas potentially seeing nothing and others seeing higher amounts.

One guess at what the RADAR will look like later this morning as showers move through.

The second wave of showers will develop in the afternoon as a second low pressure centre moves through the region. This band will likely be more focused that the morning activity and primarily impact areas south of the bulk of the morning activity.

Aside from the rain, conditions will be fairly cloudy, although there may be an odd sunny break between the two batches of showers. Temperatures will be mild with a high near 19°C, but winds will be breezy out of the southeast at around 30 km/h. Temperatures will dip down to around 8°C tonight with clearing skies and winds flipping around to the northwest at 10-20 km/h.

Tuesday and Wednesday with both be much sunnier days with north to northwesterly winds. Tuesday will bring a high near 18 or 19°C with temperatures then dropping to a low near 7°C. Wednesday has quite a bit of uncertainty regarding the daytime high. The developing omega block will be pumping warmth across the western Prairies towards Manitoba, but an upper-level low will be moving westwards from Eastern Canada, pushing cooler temperatures into Manitoba from the east and northeast.

This will create a fairly sharp temperature difference somewhere across the southern part of the province, and with a relatively quick change from 19-20°C in the warm air to around 5°C in the cold air. Winnipeg looks to lie in the middle of this zone, with a high likely near 14°C, but a minor shift of this boundary to the north or south would substantially change the expected high temperature.

Long Range

The weather will continue fairly quiet through the remainder of the week with the cooler temperatures mid-week giving way to highs back near 19-20°C for Winnipeg by Friday. The weekend looks mild, but a chance for showers returns to the region on Sunday.

Winnipeg’s seasonal daytime high is currently 18°C while the seasonal overnight low is 4°C.

Showers Give Way To Beautiful Weather

After some more showers move through Winnipeg & the Red River Valley today, conditions will begin to settle as an upper-level ridge builds into the Prairies, bringing sunny skies and warmer temperatures.

A few more showers will move through the Winnipeg region this morning as a low pressure system slides through the region, but overall rainfall totals are expected to remain low. The rain will move off by mid-morning, and Winnipeg will be left with clearing skies and light northwesterly winds. Temperatures will climb up to a high near 16°C.

Skies will be partly cloudy tonight with a very slight chance of a shower overnight. The low temperature will drop to near 6°C.

An upper-level ridge will build into the western Prairies over the coming days.

For Thursday, the weather will be dominated by an upper-level ridge building into the western Prairies. This type of weather pattern brings stabilizing conditions to the eastern Prairies. As a result, Winnipeg will see mainly sunny skies on Thursday with temperatures climbing up to around 19°C. Expect a few clouds on Thursday night with a low near 9°C.

Friday will be another beautiful day, although there may be a few more clouds about than Thursday. It will still be quite sunny, and temperatures will climb above 20°C for a high. Winds will increase to 15-20 km/h out of the north for the afternoon. Expect a low near 7°C on Friday night with mainly clear skies.

Long Range

The weekend continues to look great with plenty of sunshine and highs near 20°C. Winds will also continue to be relatively light as well.

The nice weather will continue into next week, although by mid-week there may be another chance for some showers throughout the region.

Winnipeg’s seasonal daytime high is currently 17°C while the seasonal overnight low is 3°C.

Unsettled Conditions Move In

The weather will gradually turn more unsettled in Winnipeg over the coming few days, although temperatures will continue to remain mild, making for relatively pleasant spring weather.

Today will be another dry day with mild temperatures in Winnipeg as temperatures climb to a high near 17°C with light winds. Skies will start off sunny, but more cloud will build into the region through the day. Skies will remain fairly cloudy tonight as temperatures drop to a low near 4°C.

Tuesday will mark the transition into a slightly more unsettled pattern as multiple weak low pressure systems begin working through the area. Skies will mixed as temperatures climb to a high around 16°C. Through the afternoon, there will be a chance of seeing some showers as daytime heating leads to some pop-up convection. The showers will be relatively weak, though, and no significant amounts are expected. Skies will remain mixed on Tuesday night with a continued slight chance for some showers as temperatures drop to a low near 4°C.

The GDPS is showing an area of showers across Southern Manitoba on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Wednesday will, once again, feature a high near 16°C and a continued chance for showers as another weak disturbance moves through the region. Expect a low near 4°C again on Wednesday night with a continued chance for light shower activity.

Long Range

The remainder of the week looks mild and dry, with conditions stabilizing on Thursday and warmer air pushing in on Friday. Skies look like they’ll remain at least partly cloudy to mixed, but all in all, lovely weather ahead.

Winnipeg’s seasonal daytime high is currently 16°C while the seasonal overnight low is 2°C.