Manitoba

Winnipeg in April? Guess it's white out

Winnipeggers woke up to a wet, soggy and snowy spring morning on Monday.

Jets down 2 games to 1 in playoff series, floodwaters rising, and now it's snowing

Winnipeggers have pulled out their spring jackets but they were hoods up as snow fell on Monday morning. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

Winnipeggers woke up to a wet, soggy and snowy spring morning on Monday.

It's one of those spring days when southern Manitoba might get a little of everything, from snow in the morning to possible thunderstorms in the evening.

The wintry blast is expected to clear up later in the day, with Environment Canada forecasting a high of 10 C for Winnipeg, but the city was snow-covered during the morning commute.

"It is a little shocking," said Sara Hoffman, a meteorologist with Environment Canada. "You're kind of like, 'What?!' but it is pretty typical springtime weather."

The snow was expected to move out of Winnipeg into southeastern Manitoba later in the morning and then out of the province, Hoffman said.

Snow falls on Portage Avenue on Monday morning. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

The sun should start poking through the clouds but with a warm air mass under colder air, thunderstorms could develop.

"If thunderstorms develop, they will likely be scattered and not long-lasting," Hoffman said.

For Manitoba flood watchers, Hoffman said there wasn't a lot of precipitation in the morning, but added the atmospheric instability made it tougher to predict how much rain will fall later in the day.

The Red River is close to the level considered a moderate flood by the City of Winnipeg.

The water at James Avenue in downtown Winnipeg was near 18 feet above normal winter ice levels early Monday morning.

The province started operating the Red River Floodway on the weekend, which protects the city from major flooding.

This is not the white out Winnipeggers are looking for. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

At least the Jets won on the weekend, which means Winnipeggers will get another NHL playoffs home game — and another chance to celebrate the kind of Whiteout the Jets-mad city loves.

The St. Louis Blues are up two games to one in the teams' first-round, best-of-seven NHL playoff series.

The Jets and the Blues play Tuesday night in St. Louis. The next home game — and the next Whiteout Street Party — will be April 18.

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