Warmer Weather Returns, but Unsettled Conditions Ahead

Winnipeg will finally see temperatures returning towards seasonal values, but after a couple more nice days the weather will turn more unsettled.

RDPS Precipitation Type & Intensity Forecast valid 00Z Monday March 3, 2023
Southern Manitoba will see more snow on Sunday as a compact but intense low pressure system moves through.

It will be seasonably cool in Winnipeg over the next couple days as daytime highs climb to around the freezing mark under sunny skies. A broad area of high pressure over the province will keep the main weather track to the south, leaving cool but pleasant conditions across southern Manitoba.

Overnight lows will be cool tonight as clear skies combine with the widespread snowpack still in place over the region. Most areas will see temperatures dip down  into the -15 to -20 °C by early Saturday morning. Overnight lows will be very different on Saturday night as cloud cover associated with an approaching warm front moves in. Most areas will see temperatures stay steady in the 0 to -5 °C range.

On Sunday, a low pressure system will track across southern Manitoba, bringing mainly snow to the region, though a wintery mix may be possible in some parts of southern Manitoba. Accumulations are tricky to forecast at this point; this system will be compact and relatively energetic, likely with some convective elements embedded within it. On the cold side of this system’s fronts, snowfall amounts of 5–10 cm are possible, perhaps even higher if this system has enough instability. On the warm side, temperatures could end up climbing a degree or two above freezing, and melting will impact the accumulations.

All that means that what any one place sees on Sunday will depend significantly on the exact track of the system and how intense the low ends up being. Almost certainly many places will see poor conditions on Sunday with some accumulation of snow and possibly rain, but we’ll need to wait a bit longer to see exactly how this system shapes up to know exactly what it will bring.

Long Range Outlook

The weather will settle down for a couple days to start next week, though a fair amount of cloud will linger in the region. Temperatures will again stay seasonably cool with light northerly winds.

The next disturbance that could impact our region is a potent Colorado Low expected to eject northeastwards mid-week. There’s a significant amount of uncertainty as to how far north this system will push, but there is a chance that southern Manitoba will be grazed by the northwestern flank of the system. This could bring light to moderate snow into the province along with cool temperatures and moderate to strong northerly winds possibly beginning Tuesday night into Wednesday.

We’ll be keeping an eye on this system as it develops and have an update in next week’s forecast.

Otherwise, it’s reasonable to expect seasonally cool temperatures as the snow pack remains over the region, with cooler lows on clear nights. We should begin to see a more sustained warmup after next week as heading into April the sun begins to get noticeably stronger and warmer conditions continue to push northwards through the United States.

Today’s seasonal daytime high in Winnipeg is 5 °C while the seasonal overnight low is -6 °C.

Temperatures Gradually Easing Back Towards the Freezing Mark

Below-seasonal temperatures will continue in Winnipeg this week as temperatures gradually ease back towards the 0 °C mark. The cool conditions and strengthening sun will help flood conditions a bit by gradually evaporating water from the snow pack over the region.

RDPS 2m Temperature Forecast valid 21Z Thursday March 30, 2023
Temperatures will begin a push back towards seasonal values later this week.

The coldest night of the week is now behind us, and the Arctic high responsible for it is gradually shifting off to the southeast. Temperatures will remain cool today with highs once again near -10 °C and lows dipping back to around the -20 °C mark tonight. At least we’ll see plenty of sunshine!

After that, a gradual warm-up will begin as the Polar Vortex begins to weaken over Hudson Bay. This won’t mean a huge warmup for us though, because rather than shifting back into the High Arctic, the Polar Vortex will still stay relatively far south and keep a northwesterly flow over the region. Daytime highs will jump back into the -5 to 0 °C range mid-week with overnight lows in the -10 to -15 °C range.

The region will see some cloud on Thursday as a low pressure system drops out of the Northwest Territories into central Manitoba. Any snow will likely remain well to the north of Winnipeg, perhaps not even moving out of central Manitoba. More sun should return to the region on Friday, but some cloud might work its way into the region as a low passes by to the south of the province.

Long Range Outlook

Heading into the weekend, temperatures will finally reach freezing, with highs of above zero even possible. A system passing through the region on Sunday will bring some more cloud to the region along with a chance of snow.

Today’s seasonal daytime high in Winnipeg is 4 °C while the seasonal overnight low is -7 °C.

Relatively Pleasant Spring Weather Ahead

It will be relatively pleasant spring conditions in the Winnipeg area over the next few days as seasonably cool temperatures combine with a mix of sunshine and flurries.

RDPS 2m Temperature Forecast valid 21Z Sunday March 26, 2023
An Arctic cold front will sweep through southern Manitoba to end the weekend, bringing colder weather to start next week.

While the seasonal daytime high for the region has finally climbed above the freezing mark, temperatures in Winnipeg will run just a tad on the cool side over the coming days. Highs will climb very close to freezing today and tomorrow, with the more snow-free urban parts of the city possibly reaching the seasonal high. Overnight lows will dip into the -5 to -10 °C range tonight.

A cold front will swing through the region on Saturday, bringing mixed skies to the region with a slight chance of flurries overnight. Winds will pick up out of the north into the 20–30 km/h range and then ease with the flurries overnight. Overnight lows will dip into the -15 to -20 °C range behind the front.

Temperatures will cool off a bit for Sunday with highs dipping back towards the -5 °C mark. There will be a bit more sun, which means again that some areas will likely see temperatures climbing closer to the freezing mark if they have less snow. Another cold front will swing into the region on Sunday night, ushering an Arctic air mass back into the province along with some more flurries.

Long Range Outlook

Seasonably cool weather will start off next week with overnight lows close to -20 °C and daytime highs in the -5 to -10 °C range. It will start to warm up mid-week followed by a chance for some snow in the second half of the work week.

Today’s seasonal daytime high in Winnipeg is +2 °C while the seasonal overnight low is -9 °C.

Near-Seasonal Temperatures With a Bit of Light Snow on the Way

Seasonal March warmth will stick around in Wininpeg this week, but a passing low pressure system will clip the province tonight and bring some fresh snow to the region.

ECMWF 24-hr. Snow Accumulation Forecast valid 18Z Wednesday March 22, 2023
Southern Manitoba will be clipped by a passing low pressure system on Tuesday night; accumulating snow will fall through most of the Red River Valley and southeastern corner of the province.

An upper ridge over the west coast that has maintained downstream roughing over the eastern Prairies has been the driver behind the cooler temperatures across southern Manitoba over the last several days. Fortunately for us, this feature has begun to collapse and will allow milder air to push eastwards across the Prairies.

Before that happens, though, a compact low pressure system will impact the region tonight. It will spread snow through North Dakota today, then into Southern Manitoba and Minnesota tonight. Much of the heaviest accumulations will remain south of the border, but accumulating snow will still fall across the region. Winnipeg will likely see 2–4 cm of snow by Wednesday morning while amounts increase into the 5–10 cm range to the southeast. The heaviest swath of snow, likely 10–15 cm will from eastern North Dakota into the Kenora, ON region.

Fortunately, winds will stay fairly light through the event, snow blowing snow won’t be too big an issue overnight into tomorrow.

Aside from tonight’s snow, the weather will be quite pleasant with sunny to mixed skies and light winds through much of the week. Daytime highs will hover just on the cold side of freezing, while overnight lows will have a bit more variability. Tuesday night will likely be the coldest night of the week as clear skies combine with the fresh snow cover to drive lows into the -15 to -20 °C range. Other nights this week will likely see low near -10 °C as warmer air begins moving into the region.

Long Range Outlook

A low pressure system passing to the north will bring some cloud and a chance of flurries to the region on Friday into Saturday, then sunshine should return to end the weekend and kick off next week. Temperatures may cool slightly on the back-side of that system, but near-seasonal temperatures should return by mid-week.

And like we’ve mentioned before, daytime highs will vary depending where you find yourself in Winnipeg; more urban parts of the city, especially those close to the downtown core, will likely find plenty of melting and highs near or even a touch above freezing in the coming days as more of the dark surfaces are exposed and able to absorb heat from the strengthening spring sun.

Enjoy the beautiful weather ahead!

Today’s seasonal daytime high in Winnipeg is +1 °C while the seasonal overnight low is -9 °C.