Manitoba to get drenched over weekend

Most of southern Manitoba is facing more rain over the weekend.

Rainfall warnings in effect for southeast and southwest Manitoba, gale-force wind on Lake Winnipeg

Another round of rain is moving into Manitoba, with the heaviest amounts expected in the southwest Manitoba. (Bert Savard/CBC)

Most of southern Manitoba is facing more rain over the weekend.

Environment Canada issued a gale-force wind warning for Lake Manitoba and Lake of the Woods Saturday afternoon. The warning extended to the north and south basins of Lake Winnipeg as well.
Environment Canada issued a gale wind warning for parts of Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba and Lake of the Woods Saturday afternoon. (Environment Canada)

Forty to 55 kilometre an hour winds are predicted to sweep up from the south-southwest, which could raise water levels and increase wave action along the east and north shorelines.

Meanwhile, nearly 1,000 residents from Whytewold, Ponemah and Matlock near Lake Winnipeg have been without power since late Saturday morning, Manitoba Hydro said. 

Hydro doesn't know  

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for all of south-central and southeast Manitoba around noon Saturday.

Environment Canada said current humid conditions combined with a system approaching from North Dakota may lead to intense thunderstorms into Saturday evening.

Winnipeg could see between 10 to 20 millimetres of rain Saturday and five to 10 mm Sunday.

The stormy weather could bring wind gusts upwards of 90 kilometres an hour, hail and heavy rain.

This comes after a storm blasted through Winnipeg Friday night, saturating the city.

A number of power lines were downed and kept Manitoba Hydro busy attending to several small outages across Winnipeg.

Morris, Brandon hit hard

Morris and Brandon were among the worst hit areas Friday night, each getting about 35 mm of rain.

Gavin van der Linde, Mayor of Morris, said his garage was partially flooded with a blocked drainage system.

Friday rainfall totals

  • Winnipeg: 11 mm
  • Brandon: 51 mm
  • Dauphin: 28 mm
  • Carberry: 38 mm
  • Melita: 15 mm
  • Gimli: 24 mm

Van derLinde said around six Morris homes had basement flooding issues.

"We had public works working a lot of time yesterday making sure that all the drains are cleared, that all seeds are cleared away and the water is flowing,” he said. “They are still working at it right now and I think all of the water is drained."

Van der Linde is waiting to see what the rest of the weekend will bring.

Warning in effect for southwest

Meanwhile, a rainfall warning is in effect for southwest Manitoba, which could see between 50 to 75 millimetres by Saturday evening.

Dauphin and Minnedosa may get hit the hardest, but the rest of the province has rain in the forecast through the weekend as well.

“Into tonight we have this low pressure system tracking into southern Manitoba and will sit on top of pretty much [the] Dauphin-Minnedosa area and will intensify,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Robyn Dyck. “So, as that sits there and wraps up all that moisture, it'll be dropping a lot of rain.”

Dyck said the backside of the system will bring heavy winds into Sunday as it begins to track out of the province.

“Into Sunday we'll have winds of 40 gusting to 60 kilometres an hour,” he said.