Thursday, September 12th 2019, 7:50 pm - The weather whiplash continues across the Prairies as we watch temperatures begin an impressive climb
The widespread rains that have been soaking the eastern Prairies are on their way out for the end of the work-week, and it's set to take its fall-like feel with it. A pattern change takes over western Canada by next week, and some areas could be seeing a 30-degree temperature swing within a matter of days. More on what's left of this moisture packed system, plus a look at how hot things get, and where, below.
- Showers linger into early Friday for southern Manitoba
- Warming trend begins across the eastern Prairies late this weekend, huge temperature swing expected by Monday
- Stay on top of ALERTS in your area
A slow-moving Colorado low has spread heavy rain and strong winds across the eastern Prairies and will continue tracking towards the Great Lakes through the day Friday. Between 30-50 mm of rain is expected along the international border, with what's left of the heaviest rain crosses into northern Ontario to round out the week.
"We are also watching a Pacific system track into the B.C. coast through Friday as heavy rain and gusty winds target much of the coast into the weekend," says Weather Network meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg. "Temperatures will remain chilly and below seasonal across B.C. through the weekend."
SOARING RIGHT BACK INTO SUMMER NEXT WEEK
Parts of the Prairies however, will enjoy a gradual warming trend as mid-summer like warmth surges back into the region. By Sunday, daytime highs in the mid to upper 20s are expected, possibly approaching the 30°C mark at points early next week.
"This departing Colorado low on Friday will allow for cooler, northwesterly winds to filter into Manitoba, with the city of Winnipeg feeling closer to 10 with a slight wind chill to end off the week," says Sonnenburg. "But the pattern change moving into western Canada will allow temperatures to surge early next week in the eastern Prairies."
By Tuesday, Winnipeg could be seeing daytime highs near 30°C, feeling closer to 40 with the humidex.
ALBERTA'S 23RD TORNADO CONFIRMED NORTHEAST OF CALGARY
Widespread showers took on a more ominous appearance in southern Alberta on Tuesday afternoon after a tornado was spotted near Carbon, just northwest of Drumheller.
Environment Canada confirmed the storm produced the 23rd tornado of 2019 for Alberta, giving the twister a preliminary rating of EF-0. Estimated winds with the storm were between 90 and 130 km/h, and no damage was reported.
Isolated funnels and weak landspout-type tornadoes like these aren't uncommon with upper-level disturbances -- like the one currently over the western Prairies -- in place. The Northern Tornadoes Project said they will also follow up on the storm.