Warmer than normal temperatures in Winnipeg? It's no April Fool's Day joke: the mercury is expected to rise above 0 C later this week, up to a spring-jacket-worthy 9 C on Sunday.

After enduring the coldest winter in 35 years, many Winnipeggers are having to deal with below-normal temperatures in recent weeks — or flee to warmer climes for March break.

While Monday's winter storm brought some cold air to the region, CBC weather specialist Marilyn Maki says the forecast has good news for later this week.

"You need to get through this week, and then we are going to see temperatures getting above seasonal values for the weekend: 5 C on Saturday, 9 C on Sunday, 7 C on Monday," she said.

The normal daytime high for this time of year is 6 C.

On Monday, the temperature rose to just –8 C in Winnipeg, but with the wind chill it felt more like –19 C.

It dropped to –16 C overnight, feeling more like –26 C with the wind chill, according to Environment Canada.

Tuesday's forecast calls for an afternoon high of –7 C and a nighttime low of –17 C.

For those wondering if it's unusually cold, Maki noted that on April 1, 2013, the daytime high was –3 C and the overnight low was –18 C.

Travellers stranded by spring snowstorm

Blizzard and snowfall warnings were in effect Monday in parts of southern Manitoba, making driving difficult for motorists on highways.

Dozens of Manitobans missed their spring break flights after being stranded in North Dakota because of the storm.

"It's frustrating because we're trying to catch a plane to Florida and we missed the plane," Alana Duff told CBC News late Monday.

"I still don't know if we're going to make it, so obviously we're not happy being stuck here."

Some travellers even had to spend the night in a community hall in Drayton, N.D., because the local hotel was full.

The I-29 between the Canada-U.S. border and Grand Forks re-opened on Tuesday morning, as did Highway 12 from Steinbach, Man., to the border.

Also, the Trans-Canada Highway has re-opened between Falcon Lake and the Manitoba-Ontario border.

While official snowfall amounts have yet to come in, by Monday evening about 20 centimetres of snow had fallen in the Sprague area.