Northwest Flow Brings Near-Seasonal Temperatures And Flurries

A persistent northwesterly flow will bring near-seasonal temperatures to Winnipeg for the weekend along with a couple chances for flurries.

Winnipeg will start off today with cloudy skies and some flurries moving though the region. This unsettled weather is the result of a low pressure system called a “Mackenzie Low” moving through the region.1 Winnipeg won’t see much more than some flurries; most of the snow is falling through central Manitoba. A cold front will swing through midday, ushering in northerly winds up to 40 gusting 60 km/h. The cloud cover will break up and clear out through the afternoon behind the cold front. The daytime high will be a near-seasonal +2°C, but temperatures will slowly fall behind the cold front to around -2°C by the evening. Temperatures will drop to a low near -10°C under mainly clear skies tonight. Those northwesterly winds will gradually ease through the evening.

The Mackenzie Low crossing the province today will bring flurires to Winnipeg, but central Manitoba will see accumulating snow.
The Mackenzie Low crossing the province today will bring flurires to Winnipeg, but central Manitoba will see accumulating snow.

On Saturday, Winnipeg will see partly cloudy to mixed skies as a ridge of high pressure moves through. Winds will pick back up out of the northwest to around 20 km/h as temperatures climb to a high near +1°C. On Saturday evening, more cloud will begin working into the region as another Mackenzie Low approaches. This one will be much weaker than the last, bringing just a few flurries or light snow to the region. Temperatures will dip to a low near -4°C.

The city should see mixed skies on Sunday with a continued chance of flurries through the morning. Winds will pick up from the northwest at 20 km/h and temperatures should climb to a high near +3°C. Temperatures will dip to a low near -4°C on Sunday night under mixed to cloudy skies.

Long Range Outlook

Seasonal temperatures will gradually increase to above-seasonal temperatures next week as the northwesterly flow aloft breaks down, giving way to a more westerly flow. This pattern change will result in a constant stream of quick-moving disturbances, though, likely bringing variable cloudiness and occasional chances for precipitation.

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

  1. A Mackenzie Low is a compact but moderately strong low pressure systems that develop over the Mackenzie region of the Northwest Territories and then typically progress southeastwards, embedded within a broad northwesterly flow.


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. You can find the author as WeatherInThePeg on Mastodon.

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