Rain, thunderstorms in forecast for southern Manitoba

Heavy rain with the possibility of thunderstorms are in the forecast for southern Manitoba Friday and Saturday. A heavy downpour was the cause of flash flooding and power outages in Winnipeg back in August. (CBC)

Environment Canada says heavy rain and possibly thunderstorms are on the way Friday and Saturday for western areas of southern Manitoba.

The agency has issued a special weather statement for:

  • Dauphin - Roblin - Winnipegosis
  • Minnedosa - Neepawa - Russell - Riding Mountain National Park
  • Melita - Boissevain - Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
  • Virden - Souris
  • Swan River - Duck Mountain - Porcupine Provincial Forest.

A storm system over the southwestern U.S. will hit southern Manitoba Friday night. Heavy rain is expected over the southwest part of the province Friday morning and continuing into Friday night, with rainfall amounts of 40 to 60 mm in the southwest corner of Manitoba and higher amounts possible locally as well. Thunderstorms are also possible across southern Manitoba Friday afternoon, and the forecaster said some may become severe. It will be windy as well, with winds out of the northwest Saturday gusting to 60 km/h likely by afternoon and evening.