More active weather is in store for this week with multiple chances for precipitation. The question is whether that precipitation will be solid or liquid.
The weather to start the week will be fine, with temperatures generally in the high single digits on Monday and perhaps a few double-digit readings here and there. There will be increasing cloudiness during the day as a weather system approaches. This system will begin to spread rain over Southern Manitoba on Monday night with precipitation persisting into the day on Tuesday. Highs on Tuesday will remain very similar to Monday, but the rain will make it a considerably more miserable day. Total accumulations from this system will generally range from 5 to 15mm. As Tuesday’s system departs our region on Wednesday, cooler air will sweep in from the west making for a chilly and windy middle of the week. Temperatures on Wednesday will be in the mid single digits with a gusty west wind.
There has been much talk about the weather for later this week. Some models have been showing a significant Colorado Low system hitting portions of Manitoba on Thursday and Friday. However, other models show little or no precipitation for us later this week. At this point the consensus seems to be that it is unlikely Southern Manitoba will be getting a major blizzard later this week. Most models depict a moderate strength low system sliding past us through Minnesota and up into North-Western Ontario, perhaps bringing a few flurries or rain showers to Southern Manitoba, but not a major winter storm. Some models still show a fairly deep low pressure system to our east over Northern Minnesota and North-Western Ontario later this week, but it looks like it will be sufficiently far away to prevent us from seeing its main impacts. So at this point it appears unlikely that we’ll be seeing any significant amount of the white stuff later this week. However, expecting the unexpected as always a good saying to live by in the weather business.