With around five centimeters of light fluffy snow in some areas yesterday, the amount we've seen so far this week continues to creep upward, and according to the forecast, we’re not done with the snow yet.
We should get somewhat of a break from the flakes today, and may even see a peek of sunshine before cloud cover rolls across Southern Manitoba," said CMOS Accredited Weathercaster Chris Sumner. "Temperatures will be much cooler than we've had in recent weeks, with Wednesday's high stretching to reach -12 to -14, which is actually a couple of degrees below seasonal for this time of year, something we haven't said for quite a while."
Meanwhile, it’s back to the shovels tomorrow, according to Sumner, with another Alberta clipper slicing through the province, bringing the third, and final, round of snow this week. In fact, Thursday may be a miserable day with snow and gusty winds.
"Right now, it’s looking like similar amounts to Tuesday, so we’re talking around five centimeters, or about two inches, possibly a little bit more for western Manitoba regions," he said. "Based on the current track of the low, the snow will crank up Thursday morning in the western part of the province, and afternoon in the Red River Valley, continuing into the evening hours. In addition to the flakes, we’re expecting pretty gusty conditions throughout the day. First from the south, ahead of the arrival of the low, and then shifting northwesterly as the cold front passes. Throughout the day, gusts between 50 km/h and 60 km/h will be possible, and combined with another round of fluffy snow, will lead to blowing snow and reduced visibility."
Even though a lot of us have probably tried to ignore it, it’s still there in the forecast, really cold temperatures as we get into the weekend.
"That final Alberta clipper on Thursday is setting the stage for an area of arctic high pressure to build across much of Western Canada, and a bitterly cold polar airmass will slide southward bringing what will more than likely be the coldest stretch of days we’ve had so far this winter," Sumner noted. "The long-range forecast models continue to show daytime highs between -21 to -25, with overnight lows flirting with -30 or colder, through the end of January, into the first week of February, and possibly beyond. At this point, it’s looking like somewhere between February 9th and 11th is possibly when we’ll see a trend back to seasonal conditions for this time of year. Bottom line, bundle up!"