A weak system will cross the Dakotas on Friday bringing a band of light rain to the Red River valley. Precipitation amounts are expected to be light with 2-5 mm over most areas of southern MB, and perhaps 5-15 mm over the North Dakota portion of the Red River valley. Precipitation may even be mixed with some wet snow early Friday morning. Things are expected to dry out for the weekend before another stronger system develops by Tuesday over the central Plains briging another round of precipitation and storms mainly south of the border. Some precipitation however is possible over southern MB Tuesday into Wednesday, although the bulk of precipitation is again expected south ot the border. Precipitation amounts should not have a dramatic effect on the levels of the Red River and its expected crests next week into early May. However, the extra precipitation may prolong the length that river levels stay high.
Temperatures will remain cooler than normal through the end of April and likely into the beginning of May as the overall pattern continues to favour a strong storm track south of the border with cooler air over much of the Prairies.