Some amazing warmth over the Northern Plains and southern SK today with strong southwest winds and a lack of snow allowing record breaking temperatures in the twenties across much of the area. By mid afternoon, temperatures had cracked the 20C mark in southern SK along the US border with Coronach and Val Marie at 21c. Further south, temperatures in western ND were 22c in Bismarck, while Rapid City was an amazing 28C by 3 pm, smashing the old record for the day by a whopping 7C. Not only was this a record for the day, but it tied the all-time high for the entire month of March, set on March 26, 1993. Quite amazing considering this year's 28C reading was a full two weeks before the old mark.
Here in Southern MB, temperatures were not quite as mild due to an extensive snowpack, however an increasing southwest flow allowed temperatures to climb into the double digits from Dauphin (10c) and McCreary (14c) to Portage (11c) , while Winnipeg was struggling to reach 4C by late day.