Snow On The Way

A low pressure system pushing eastwards across the Southern Prairies and the Northern Plains will spread snow and rain into Southern Manitoba today.  Amounts are not expected to be significant in the Red River Valley – especially in areas near the international border – but it will be one of the first “snowy” days of the year.


Total forecast precipitation (liquid-eqivalent) from Friday morning to Saturday morning.
Total forecast precipitation (liquid-eqivalent) from Friday morning to Saturday morning.

Today

Friday

2°C / -2°C
Cloudy with light snow beginning this afternoon.

Precipitation will begin pushing into the southern Red River Valley later this morning and into the northern half of the valley, including Winnipeg, this afternoon as the low pressure system begins working it’s way into the region.  Precipitation will fall mainly as snow through the northern half of the Red River Valley while in the southern half of the valley some light rain will be more likely. Naturally there will be a transition zone somewhere in the central RRV where amounts will not be too significant with only a cm or two falling here in Winnipeg at most.  Further south, up to a 3–4mm of rain could fall.  Light snow will taper off in the evening leaving behind a chance of some flurry activity through the overnight hours.  We’ll see a low dipping just below 0°C.

The Weekend

Saturday

2°C / -6°C
Mainly cloudy; chance of flurries.

Saturday will be a mainly cloudy day with a slight chance of flurries throughout as cool, somewhat unstable air continues to push south behind the low.  No significant accumulations are expected and we’ll climb to a high of around 2°C.  The winds will be a somewhat gusty 30km/h out of the northwest through the day.  Through the overnight things will be mainly cloudy, although a few breaks in the cloud are expected, as we dip to a low of about –6°C.

Sunday

-2°C / -13°C
Mixed skies; slight chance of isolated morning flurries.

On Sunday skies will improve while temperatures do not.  We’ll see a mixed sky with a high of only –1 or –2°C.  A few light flurries may be possible in Winnipeg in the morning as we may be just grazed by a weak system passing through the Interlake.  Cooler air will continue to filter southwards through the day and drop us to a very chilly –12 or –13°C on Sunday night under mainly clear skies.

After that, a fairly sunny, cool and quiet week is ahead next week as a large arctic ridge dominates the weather over the Eastern Prairies.

Brad

Brad

Brad lives in Winnipeg with his wife and two children and is the founder of A Weather Moment. He has loved weather from a very young age and has followed that passion through his life so far. He received a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences with Specialization in Atmospheric Sciences and is currently employed in the field of meteorology.

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