This week will see the return of snow, something we’ve been virtually immune from over the last couple weeks. However, before we can get to the white stuff, we’ll have to deal with another day of extreme cold.
Today will be another day of extremely cold weather. Temperatures this morning were in the -30s and daytime highs this afternoon will remain near -20°C. We’ll be under the influence of a high pressure system today, which will at least keep wind speeds light.
Tuesday will bring our first chance of snow in quite awhile. Morning temperatures will be very cold once again, but an approaching low pressure system will help bring in warmer temperatures by late in the afternoon. This system looks to bring 2-5cm to Southern Manitoba during the day on Tuesday. As the system departs on Tuesday night, the wind will come up a bit, generating some blowing and drifting snow.
Wednesday will be a transition day as we move from one weather system to the next. It will be a fairly benign day in general, with temperatures in the mid minus teens and light winds. Although that will change late in the day as current forecasts suggest we’ll see another chance of snow late on Wednesday into Thursday. More details on this will be available as the week progresses.
The long range forecast continues to show glimpses of hope that we may begin to warm up. Models have been hinting at warmer weather for the end of February, so we’ll just have to wait and see if that pans out.