|Smoke from a brush fire outside of Teulon, Manitoba, area can be|
seen from a considerable distance away. (Vera-Lynn Kubinec/CBC)
Good evening, and what an amazing Good Friday it was! We reached 20°C in the city today with lots of sunshine, especially this morning and early afternoon. Winnipeg did not break a record, as the old record for today is 22.8°C in 1900, but a good half a dozen were broken outside the city. Grass fires were a major concern over southern Manitoba today though thanks to low humidity, dry soil, strong winds and lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. Full story here by CBC.
Now here's my latest forecast for the rest of the weekend:
A few showers will be possible tonight and tomorrow morning. At this point, a rumble of thunder cannot be ruled out, but it is looking unlikely that we'll see widespread storms thanks to lack of moisture/instability. A strong llj may be enough for us to get a few bands of heavier showers though. Generally I would call for a trace to 2 mm for the Winnipeg area, locally higher amounts possible to the north and east of the city.
We'll get a bit of a break tomorrow afternoon with some sunshine, but that sunshine will be brief. More showers and possibly even wet flurries will be possible Saturday evening and overnight with the wrap-around. At this point, an additional 1 or 2 mm is expected for the city, with very little snow accumulation if we get snow. Temperatures will also be falling in the afternoon behind the cold front.
It will be very windy tomorrow too with winds from the west or southwest at over 50 km/h. Locally winds could be as high as 60 km/h and gusts to 80 km/h at times so hold on to your hats!! Winds will be strongest late in the afternoon and early in the evening.
Sunday is looking drier than it was looking this morning. A mix of sun and cloud can now be expected, with just a few hit and miss showers still possible. Again it will be very windy from the west at about 40 km/h. It will be cool with highs in the mid single digits only, a few degrees below our normal 7°C.
Monday looks windy yet again with NW winds expected to be about 30 gusting to 40 km/h. There could still be a lot of lingering cloud cover and scattered flurries as well since we're only expecting a high near 0°C Monday. Beyond Monday, it's looking cold Tuesday and Wednesday with overnight lows below zero (-5 to -10) and highs barely over the freezing mark. It's going to be difficult to get used to the cooler weather!
Meanwhile, Saskatchewan is going to get pounded tonight. Up to 30 cm of snow can be expected in and northeast of Regina, and that will be accompanied by winds over 50 km/h!! Classic Prairie spring blizzard shaping up!! Here's how Edmonton's 20+ cm of snow looked yesterday:
|Lorraine Osborne sent this picture to The Weather Network. I don't take credit for this photo.|