Strong Winds Today, Light Snow and Cooler on Sunday

Winnipeg will see strong southerly winds today as warmer air pushes back towards the region. After a mild Saturday, some light snow and cooler temperatures return for Sunday.

Winnipeg will see windy conditions today as a low pressure system pushes eastwards across the Prairies. Southerly winds will strengthen to 50 gusting 70 km/h this morning and persist through the day. Fortunately, the snow on Wednesday night was fairly sticky and should’t blow around too much. Some areas of blowing snow will be possible in exposed areas outside the city. Temperatures will climb to a high near -1°C and skies will start out on the cloudier side with more sunshine showing through this afternoon. The winds will gradually ease through the night. Temperatures will stay steady around -2°C tonight with increasing cloud.

RDPS 10m Wind Forecast valid 18Z Friday March 6, 2020
Strong southerly winds will develop over the Red River Valley today.

Saturday will bring mostly cloudy skies and light winds to the region. A trough of low pressure will lie across the region, connecting the departing low over Hudson Bay with a developing low over Montana. Temperatures will climb to a high just on the plus side of 0°C. Skies will become overcast on Saturday night with temperatures dropping to a low near -9°C as northerly winds of 20 to 30 km/h develop. Snow will spread into the province through the night; the heaviest snow will track well north of Winnipeg across WestMan into the northern and central Interlake. Here in the city, some light snow is possible heading into the early morning hours of Sunday.

GFS 24hr. Snowfall Accumulation (10:1 SLR) valid Monday March 9, 2020
Snow will spread across portions of central and southern Manitoba on Saturday night through Sunday. Some areas may see 15 to 20 cm of snow by Sunday evening.

A brisk northerly wind of 30 gusting 50 km/h will develop Sunday with temperatures slowly dropping through the day. Skies will stay overcast with periods of light snow likely through the day. By evening, temperatures should be sitting near -9°C. Winds will taper off overnight as temperatures continue to drop to a low near -16°C.

Long Range Outlook

Next week will start with seasonably cool conditions with Monday’s high in the -10 to -15°C range. Warmer weather will quickly return, though, with near-freezing temperatures moving back into the region on Tuesday and sticking around for the week!

Today’s seasonal daytime high in Winnipeg is -4°C while the seasonal overnight low is -14°C.



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 Twitter.