The pesky system that’s brought unneeded heavy rain and thunderstorms to the eastern Prairies—and even a destructive derecho south of the border—will finally start to lift out of the region this weekend. The system isn’t going quietly, though, with gusty winds persisting into Saturday. We’re looking ahead to more unsettled weather next week. What you need to know, below.
INTO SATURDAY: RAIN FINALLY LETS UP AS GUSTY WINDS CONTINUE
Rain finally started to taper off for southern Manitoba as the system started to pull north. We’ll see rain continue into Saturday for portions of central Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with 30-50 mm of additional rainfall possible for the Interlake region through Saturday.
We’re not quite out of the woods just yet. Gusty winds behind the storm will continue blowing across the eastern Prairies into the day on Saturday. Wind gusts of 50-70 km/h will be common into Saturday afternoon before the winds start to calm down.
Even though the rain is mostly over for the folks who’ve dealt with flooding in recent weeks, overland flood warnings and watches continue for much of southern Manitoba as waterways continue to run high with additional runoff.
Use extra caution near the eastern lakeshores, as persistent winds will cause ice to pile up against the shoreline. Residents are advised to take all necessary precautions to stay safe in these areas.
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Behind the system, temperatures will fall significantly below seasonal on Sunday and Monday. Winnipeg’s predicted high of 9°C on Monday is just half of the city’s seasonal high of 18°C for the date.
LOOK AHEAD: BRIEF BREAK FROM THE RAIN BEFORE ANOTHER VOLATILE PATTERN SETS UP
A ridge building in behind this system will afford the eastern Prairies a few days of calmer weather before unsettled conditions build in for the second half of the week.
This unsettled pattern could bring a widespread chance for rain and snow to the Prairies, including drought-stricken areas in Alberta and flood-weary areas of Manitoba.
Not only is the prospect of additional rain bad news for flooded sections of Manitoba, but more precipitation will further hamper a spring planting season that’s already severely delayed.
Be sure to check back for the latest weather updates across the Prairies.