Flood-hit regions in Manitoba catch a break, northern areas see snow

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Flood-hit regions in Manitoba catch a break, northern areas see snow
Flood-hit regions in Manitoba catch a break, northern areas see snow

After a soggy, windy and stormy start to the week, southern Manitoba is getting a most-needed break from the impactful rains that have hindered agriculture and brought flooding to many areas. Wednesday will be fairly quiet, except in northern sections where a system will bring back wintry weather – with 20-40 cm anticipated into Friday. Conditions will be poor, so motorists are urged to postpone non-essential travel in these regions. There is good news for the flood-plagued regions for next week, with a drier forecast in store. For more, read on.

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WEDNESDAY: SOUTH DRIES OUT, HEAVY SNOW IN THE NORTH

Parts of southern Manitoba were expecting to see 50-100 mm of rainfall from the Colorado low through Tuesday, only adding to the flooding problem that is causing headaches for homeowners and farmers alike. The system will be well into northwestern Ontario by Wednesday morning, allowing for weather conditions to improve and for people to catch a breather from the rain.

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In western Manitoba, while the rain has eased off, wind gusts of 60-80 km/ won’t diminish until Tuesday overnight as the low moves off into northwestern Ontario. Drivers are also urged to watch for blowing objects across the roads.

The recent rain has resulted in flooding and more serious delays in spring planting, which is already a couple weeks behind schedule.

An overland flood warning is still in effect for Manitoba's southeastern corner, announced in a provincial flood bulletin on Sunday. According to the bulletin, water levels on lakes and streams are already high and soils are saturated with water, so the rain that hit the province may result in overland flooding.

Meanwhile, a winter storm warning has been issued for Tadoule Lake, a community about 1,000 km north of Winnipeg, as well as Brochet. Between 20-40 cm is forecast.

Strong northwesterly winds gusting up to 80 km/h are also expected to continue Wednesday, which will further reduce visibility in blowing snow. Conditions should improve by Thursday night or Friday.

Any unnecessary travel should be avoided, as visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

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LOOK AHEAD: POTENTIAL FOR FROST AS TEMPERATURES COOL, DRIER WEATHER ON THE HORIZON

Beyond, very chilly weather is expected for the eastern Prairies late week through early next week. This will bring several nights with a widespread risk for frost and localized freeze conditions. Meanwhile, it will be warmer but near seasonal for the western Prairies.

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As well, a welcome stretch of drier weather for the eastern Prairies. After a soggy short range this week, this region will be mostly dry for the next week. However, the chilly pattern means that it will take longer for the fields to dry out.

Meanwhile, an increasing potential for showers and thunderstorms in the southern Rockies and adjacent foothills, and possibly parts of the U.S. Plains adjacent to Rockies. It won’t be the widespread soaking rain that the region needs, but some localized beneficial rain.

Be sure to check back for the latest weather updates across the Prairies.

With files from CBC News.

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