More Cloud and Cool Weather Ahead

Winnipeg will see more cloud with a chance of flurries over the next few days as northwest winds stream lake-effect cloud into the Red River Valley.

Cool weather continues in Winnipeg and will persist right through the weekend. Daytime highs over the coming days of 0 to -2 °C will be some 7 to 10 °C below seasonal values. These cool temperatures will combine with west-northwest winds to generate a fair amount of lake-effect cloud. Overnight lows will also dip well below seasonal values, generally into the -5 to -10 °C range.

Today, the west-northwest wind will pick up into the 20–30 km/h range this morning. This wind will support lake-effect cloud and snow that will move off Lake Manitoba and towards Winnipeg. The wind will ease off tonight and turn more westwards, which will weaken the lake effect snow and bring some clear patches into the city.

On Saturday, winds will turn back northwesterly, but be lighter than Friday. As a result, Winnipeg will likely see a mix of sun and cloud, but flurries are unlikely for the day. Skies will stay mixed to mostly cloudy on Saturday night.

RDPS Total Accumulated Snowfall Forecast (at 10:1 SLR) valid 00Z Friday October 23 to 06Z Monday October 26, 2020
The Manitoba lakes will produce plenty of snow through the weekend as cool west-northwest winds power several bouts of lake-effect squalls.

On Sunday, Winnipeg will see mostly cloudy skies with another chance of flurries off Lake Manitoba as west-northwest winds once again pick up into the 15–25 km/h range. Winds will shift west-southwest on Sunday night and clear things out.

Long Range Outlook

Monday should bring sunshine to the region, but then cloudier conditions will return as a much more unsettled pattern develops over the region. While temperatures will continue with highs near the freezing mark, there will likely be several chances of widespread snow events through the week.

Today’s seasonal daytime high in Winnipeg is 7 °C while the seasonal overnight low is -2 °C.

Colder Weather Continues with Chance of Light Snow

Winnipeg will continue to see cool temperatures through the weekend, but cloudier conditions will bring a chance of light snow to the city.

Clouds streaming southeastwards off Lake Manitoba will bring Winnipeg mixed to mostly cloudy skies to start the day. These bands of lake-effect cloud will also likely produce a bit of light snow, but other than a dusting that makes the roads a little wet. The snow should taper off midday as a ridge of high pressure moves into the region and the northwest winds begin to ease. A bit of sun is likely this afternoon, but temperatures will stay cool with a high near +2 °C.

Tonight, the region will see increasing cloud cover as a low pressure system moves into the Dakotas. This system will bring some light snow to areas along the international border, but Winnipeg should just see some cloud. Temperatures will dip to a low near -5 °C.

Saturday will start with cloudy conditions across the region with temperatures climbing to a high near +2 °C. As the low pushes eastwards out of the Dakotas, northwest winds will strengthen across the region into the 30–40 km/h range. This will result in bands of lake-effect snow redeveloping sometime later in the day into the evening. Winnipeg will likely see cloud and snow from Lake Manitoba by the evening hours and persisting through the night. Winnipeg shouldn’t see much more than a dusting of snow, but areas northwest of the city could see 1–4 cm by Sunday morning. Temperatures will dip to -5 °C on Saturday night with winds easing.

3km NAM Forecast Precipitation Type/Intensity valid 03Z Sunday October 18, 2020
Flurries from Lake Manitoba will move into Winnipeg by Saturday evening.

Winnipeg will continue to see bands of lake-effect cloud and intermittent light snow on Sunday. Temperatures will climb to a high near +2 °C with west-northwest winds in the 20–30 km/h range. Sunday night should bring partly cloudy skies to the region with temperatures heading to a low near -7 °C.

Long Range Outlook

Long-range forecasts continue to show cool weather for Winnipeg. Daytime highs may moderate into the mid-single digits next Tuesday and Wednesday, but then cooler air pushes back into the region with highs falling to the freezing mark by next Saturday. The region will likely see cloudier conditions next week with the occasional chance of light snow.

Today’s seasonal daytime high in Winnipeg is 10 °C while the seasonal overnight low is 0 °C.

Colder Conditions Arrive

Today marks the start of an extended period of seasonably cold conditions for Winnipeg.

A low pressure system skirting along the International border will bring cloudy conditions to the Red River Valley today. It will spread an area of rain across the region with up to 10 mm possible along the border. Amounts will quickly diminish northwards, though, with just a bit of light rain likely this morning in Winnipeg. Behind this low, a brisk northerly wind near 30 gusting 50 km/h will develop and usher in a much cooler air mass. Temperatures will only reach around 8 °C today, already several degrees below the seasonal average of 11 °C. The cloud cover will break up a bit tonight as the winds gradually ease. The city will see a low near -3 °C. Hard freezes will be common from here out.

From Thursday forwards, the region will be under a northwest flow aloft on the back side of a persistent vortex over Hudson Bay. This will result in a continued feed of cold Arctic air southwards into the region. Thursday and Friday will bring daytime highs successively colder at +4 and +2 °C respectively. Overnight lows should hover in the mid-minus single digits. Both Thursday and Friday will bring partly cloudy skies to the city and winds will gradually ease from around 30–40 km/h on Thursday to around 20 km/h on Friday. Other than the chance for some lake-effect rain showers or snow in the lee of the lakes — more likely Lake Winnipeg than Manitoba — conditions should stay dry.

Long Range Outlook

The long-range outlook shows nothing but a big vortex entrenched over Hudson Bay. As a result, it also shows nothing but seasonably cold weather for Manitoba. Forecasts show daytime highs locked at the low single digits and overnight lows hovering within a couple degrees of -5 °C.

NAEFS 8-14 Day Temperature Anomaly Forecast — Valid October 21-28, 2020
A stationary vortex over Hudson Bay will bring a prolonged period of cool temperatures to Manitoba. This NAEFS temperature outlook shows a high probability of seasonably cold weather over the province persisting into next week.

The cooler weather towards this coming weekend may end up producing lake-effect snow in the lee of Lake Manitoba in addition to Lake Winnipeg, particularly Friday night into Saturday.

Temperatures may begin to moderate towards seasonal values slightly next weekend (October 24–25), but confidence is low right now.

Today’s seasonal daytime high in Winnipeg is 11 °C while the seasonal overnight low is 0 °C.

Two Days Of Seasonal Weather, Then A Prolonged Cold Snap

Winnipeg will see breezy conditions with seasonably mild temperatures today, but a cold front passing through on Saturday will usher in an extended period of markedly cooler weather.

A low pressure system crossing the Prairies will finally bring seasonal temperatures back to southern Manitoba today. With a brisk southerly wind increasing to 30 gusting 50 km/h, temperatures will climb to a high near 11°C. Morning sunshine will give way to mixed skies, but things should stay dry with no precipitation in the forecast. The low will continue to advance towards the province tonight, keeping skies mixed and maintaining the southerly winds. Winnipeg should see a low near 7°C.

The city will still see seasonal temperatures on Saturday, but the day will be much less pleasant as a cold front sweeps through early in the morning. Temperatures will hover near the overnight low of 7°C then begin cooling later in the day. Winds will be breezy out of the west-northwest near 30 gusting 50 km/h and skies will be mostly cloudy. Again, no precipitation is forecast. Skies will stay cloudy on Saturday night with a northwest wind near 20 km/h and a low of -1°C.

RDPS 2m Temperature Forecast valid 21Z Friday October 25, 2019
An approaching low will bring seasonably mild temperatures to Winnipeg today, but a prolonged stretch of cooler conditions will quickly move in behind it.

Sunday will bring cloudy conditions to the city with temperatures remaining steady near 0°C. This will mark the beginning of a prolonged cold snap that will entrench the city in below-normal temperatures for the next week. The northwest winds will gradually ease through the day and into the evening. Some flurries will be possible in the city as the cold air and northwest wind will bring a chance of lake-effect snow off of Lake Manitoba. Temperatures will head to a low near -4°C on Sunday night with mostly cloudy skies.

Long Range Outlook

Unfortunately, a long stretch of cold weather is on the way for Winnipeg. Arctic air will plunge southwards through much of North America through the week as a significant upper-level trough develops.

GDPS 850mb Temperature Anomaly Forecast valid 00Z Tuesday October 29, 2019
Temperatures will stay well below-seasonal next week for much of the western portions of Canada and the United States.

The result will be a week of variable cloudiness, temperatures struggling to reach 0°C, and several chances of accumulating snow.

Today’s seasonal daytime high in Winnipeg is 7°C while the seasonal overnight low is -3°C.