Active pattern is winding down after multiple systems pushed across southern Manitoba. The highest amounts fell along and north of the Trans Canada Highway over the past couple of days with up to 20 centimetres of snow in spots. Quiet weather is anticipated this weekend with temperatures rising above normal. There is some uncertainty on what will happen next week but no major cool-downs appear to be in the works.
There is some blowing and drifting snow occurring in the region this morning thanks to a gusty north wind. The wind should diminish heading into the afternoon. It's going to be mostly sunny today with a high of -10 and a wind chill around -25. A rather cold night in store for us with a mostly clear sky, a light wind, and a low of -22. When factoring in the wind chill, it'll feel more like -25 or so.
Warming trend begins tomorrow with south wind becoming established as high pressure moves in from the west. Mostly sun is in the forecast with a high of -7. Wind chill values may register around -20 or so in the morning. The temperature won't fall much tomorrow night under warm air advection regime. Expect a south wind with a low of -10 and a wind chill near -20.
A low pressure system moves from central Manitoba into northwestern Ontario on Sunday and shouldn't be much of a nuisance for us. It will help to usher in the warmest air in a long time with a forecast high of +3 under a mix of sun and cloud. Any precipitation looks to miss us to the north and east. A system of some sort may move through on Monday, bringing a chance of light snow or freezing rain. Expect a high of +1.
Some cooler air works its way back into southern Manitoba on Tuesday. We'll see a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -6. There is a chance of flurries. Hard to say for sure what's to come for the rest of the period with forecast models having a hard time with the exact placement of the ridge and various low pressure systems. Wednesday features a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -2. Thursday will be partly cloudy and warmer with a high of +2.
A nice weekend of weather is in store for us with temperatures rising above normal. Sunday, especially, looks to be a great opportunity to spend some time outside.
It's Day five of the Manitoba Power Smart Winter Games -- as morning show co-host Jayme Giesbrecht continued to broadcast live from Northlands Parkway Collegiate. Today Jayme chatted with the Skip of the Ladies Gold Medal Curling team, Brooke Friesen:
Active pattern early on is the main focus with another wave of precipitation yet to come today. Cooler air moves back in tomorrow behind the system but will be followed by a significant warm-up as western ridge shifts east into southern Manitoba. Models do depict a rather active pattern heading into next week as multiple systems move southeast along the "fringe" of the ridge.
Area of precipitation which moved into the province last night continues to shift east into Ontario. A good amount of snow for areas near the Trans-Canada Highway with less towards the U.S. border. There was also a band of freezing precipitation in the form of freezing rain and sleet near the border which will certainly make for slippery roads. Snow is possible late this afternoon as the next band moves in. South wind becomes light heading into the afternoon with a high of -2.
Snow is in the forecast this evening as a cold front pushes through. We could see between 2 and 4 centimetres of the white stuff tonight along with a strengthening north wind. There is a threat of some blowing snow but it won't be all that significant with gusts to 40 km/h. Expect a low of -14 and a wind chill around -25. A cooler day in store for us tomorrow with mostly sun, a north wind, and a high of -11. With the wind chill, it's going to feel more like -25.
North wind diminishes late in the day. Tomorrow night will be clear with a light wind, a low of -22 and a wind chill near -30. We warm up a bit on Saturday as high pressure nudges eastward. Expect mostly sun, a south wind, and a high of -8. Sunday looks spectacular, at this point. A low pressure system passes to our north and northeast, allowing a surge of warm air into southern Manitoba. We'll see a mix of sun and cloud and a high of +1.
Next system tracks a bit further south and could bring some snow or freezing rain to the region on Monday. The forecast high is zero. The rest of the period keeps us on the edge of the ridge with the potential for more energy to push through. Tuesday and Wednesday feature a mix of sun and cloud with a chance of flurries or light snow. Daily highs around -3 can be expected.
Poor road conditions are being reported across southern Manitoba due to the snow, freezing rain, and sleet that has fallen last night and this morning. Road conditions won't be great through tonight with more snow to come later today.
It's Day four of the Manitoba Power Smart Winter Games -- We are on location all week at sports venues throughout the region including our broadcast centre at Northlands Parkway Collegiate. Today, Jayme Giesbrecht's guests included Winkler Mayor Martin Harder:
Lots to talk about this period, especially early on, with the threat of snow and blowing snow in southern Manitoba. Models have come in line with more significant accumulations tonight in the Pembina Valley and Red River Valley. Cooler weather settles in for the end of the week but high pressure shifts east this weekend with above normal temperatures anticipated heading into next week.
Snow is expected to push into the region this afternoon in warm air advection regime. Between 2 and 4 centimetres seems like a good bet for us. South wind gusting up to 60 km/h this afternoon will promote widespread blowing and drifting snow on highways and country roads. Visibility is going to be reduced, at times, especially when snow is falling. The forecast high is -8.
Some light snow is possible this evening with strong south wind persisting, at least early on. Be on the lookout for more blowing and drifting snow out of town. Band of snow moves across southern Manitoba later tonight and it may be heavy, at times, overnight. Potential exists for 5-10 centimetres of snow overnight into early tomorrow morning. There is a slight chance of freezing rain. South wind diminishes a bit overnight with the temperature rising.
Snow should taper off tomorrow morning but some light snow can't be ruled out for much of the day. Cold front moves through in the afternoon with the wind shifting to the north. Gusts up to 50 km/h are possible late in the day, leading to more blowing and drifting snow concerns. Expect a high of -2 with the temperature falling late in the day. Tomorrow night features a good chance of flurries, a north wind, and a low of -17. With the wind chill, it's going to feel more like -25 or so.
Quieter weather anticipated heading into the weekend as high pressure moves in. It'll be mostly sunny on Friday with a north wind and a high of -11. Wind chill values will register between -20 and -25. Ridge of high pressure shifts east this weekend with warmer air moving back in. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high of -8. System passes to our north on Sunday and it looks to be the warmest day in quite some time. Flurries are possible with the high reaching zero. There is a chance of freezing rain.
It appears the core of arctic air will stay off to our northeast heading into next week with southern Manitoba under the influence of the western ridge. Near to slightly above normal temperatures can be expected for much of next week with the occasional system passing to our north and northeast. One such system may bring some light snow or freezing rain to the region on Monday. The forecast high is -1. Tuesday will be partly cloudy with a high of -2. The normal high for this time of year is -3.
It's been a snowy winter in southern Manitoba and there's more to come as we heard towards the official start of Spring in just over two weeks. March is typically one of the snowiest months of the year.
It's Day three of the Manitoba Power Smart Winter Games -- this morning Jayme Giesbrecht continued to broadcast live from Northlands Parkway Collegiate. Today's guests included Karen Dell and Henry Siemens:
Finally some "optimism" when it comes to the weather. While the wind chill is going to be a factor, at times, it won't be nearly as bad as what we experienced this past weekend. Significant warm-up appears to be in store for us this upcoming weekend with high temperatures potentially hitting the freezing mark. A rather active west/northwest flow aloft anticipated this period with multiple chances of snow.
A partly cloudy day expected here in southern Manitoba. There is a chance of some light snow in southwestern portions of the province but drier air should preclude any snowfall in our region. The forecast high is -14 with a wind chill between -20 and -25. It'll be mainly cloudy tonight with a low of -20 and a wind chill around -25.
Warm air advection cranks up tomorrow, resulting in a south wind gusting up to 50 km/h. Snow is a good bet right across southern Manitoba with 2-4 centimetres possible. When combined with the strong wind, there is a threat of some blowing and drifting snow out of town. Tomorrow's high is -8 with a wind chill around -25.
Light snow is possible tomorrow night, as well. Windy conditions persist with blowing and drifting snow still a concern. The temperature probably won't fall off tomorrow night under warm air advection regime. There is a chance of some more light snow on Thursday ahead of a cold front. South wind shifts to the north as the front moves through late in the day. Thursday's high is -5.
We cool down a bit at the end of the week. Friday features mostly sun and a high of -11. It's going to be mainly sunny on Saturday, as well, with the high reaching -8. Western ridge shifts east and allows even warmer air into southern Manitoba for the end of the weekend. There's a slight chance of flurries on Sunday with a high of zero. Snow is possible on Monday with a high of -2.
After a dry period in southern Manitoba, we should add a bit more to our snow pack this week. No significant snowfalls are expected between now and early next week.
It's a reminder that the world of sport does not stand still. You may have heard that Blue Bomber Quarterback Justin Goltz had been released. Ironically I met Justin at an Athletes in Action evening where he and Henoc Muamba along with chaplain Lorne Korol shared their faith journey. And now, a few months later, Henoc is off to chase his dream in the NFL, and Justin and the Blue Bombers have parted ways. Thank you Henoc and Justin for pointing our young people in the right direction. Here is a video memory of that visit to Altona's youth.
Here's a number that caught our attention. In Sochi, past Canada games athletes won 6 of our 10 gold medals. 83 former Canada Games athletes were in Russia as members of Team Canada and 40% of those athletes came home with a medal. It would also be interesting to see that for many of those, it all began back at their provincial games, like the Manitoba Winter Games which are currently underway in Winkler, Morden and the RM of Stanley. Ross Derksen is a former World Junior Curling Champion, he is one of the volunteers helping to stage the curling competition at the Winkler Curling Club. John Neufeld is another member of the volunteer committee, and spoke with Al Friesen about having the Manitoba Winter Games at their facility
Volunteer John Neufeld with a welcome to the Winkler Curling club, site for women's curling, Morden is also a host club. Medal ceremonies for mixed, boys and girls curling will be held on Wednesday, with Al Friesen serving as master of ceremonies for the ceremonies. Ray Peters is an area photographer, with an enthusiasm for sports. Here is an example of what caught his attention
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