Cool Temperatures to Gradually Moderate With More Snow Mid-Week

Seasonably cool weather will be the trend for much of this week with sunny conditions interrupted mid-week as more snow moves through the province.

ECMWF 2m Temperature Forecast valid 06Z Thursday March 7, 2024
A low pressure system will lift northwards through southern Manitoba on Wednesday night.

Cool weather will continue across southern Manitoba this week, supported by a slow-moving upper-air pattern called a “high over low block.” In the upper levels of the atmosphere today, an upper low sits over southern Alberta and Saskatchewan while an upper high sits to its north over the northern Prairies. This configuration of upper-level features is stable and results in a slow-moving pattern. As a result, the weather will be gradual to change this week, save for a mid-week system that brings more snow.

Today, a ridge of high pressure crossing the province will bring sunny skies and cool weather. It’s a chilly start to the day and the recovery will bring Winnipeg to a high near -10 °C this afternoon. A few clouds will linger overnight as temperatures drop into the mid-minus teens.

On Wednesday, a low pressure system will lift out of the Dakotas into southeastern Manitoba, spreading a band of moderate to heavy snow into the province with it. Skies will cloud over early in Winnipeg with snow likely beginning midday and lasting through the night. Daytime highs will climb to near-seasonal values with a brisk northeast wind up to 30 gusting 50 km/h.

ECMWF 24hr Snowfall Forecast (10:1 SLR) valid 18Z Thursday March 7, 2024
The low moving through the province will drop close to 10 cm of snow across much of southern Manitoba.

Winds will shift westerly overnight as the low lifts to the north and the snow tapers off. This storm will leave behind close to 10 cm of snow across much of southern Manitoba by Thursday morning. Fortunately, areas hit hardest by the weekend’s storm system will see lesser amounts from this system than areas in the Red River Valley and east. Temperatures will head to a low in the -15 to -10 °C range on Wednesday night.

Skies will clear out on Thursday with temperatures rebounding into the -10 to -5 °C range. Winds will taper off through the day. Temperatures will dip back down close to -20 °C on Thursday night as another Arctic High moves into the province.

Long Range Outlook

The Winnipeg area will see below-seasonal temperatures on Friday with highs in the -10 to -5 °C, but a shift in conditions will begin to develop on the weekend.

That high over low block will finally exit the region, and an upper ridge will begin to develop in the west. As it amplifies and begins to spread eastwards, milder air will push back across the Prairies. Temperatures will rise to near-seasonal values on Saturday and likely to above-seasonal values on Sunday.

Above-freezing daytime highs look likely beginning Sunday and lasting through the first half of next week.

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

Weekend Storm to Bring Wintery Mix to Southern Manitoba

A winter storm moving into the province on Sunday will bring a mix of wintery weather to southern Manitoba.

ECMWF 2m Temperature Forecast valid 00Z March 4, 2024
A potent winter storm will move into southern Manitoba this weekend, but Winnipeg may be spared from the worst of it.

Before the storm arrives, though, it will be a pleasant start to the weekend in Winnipeg. Temperatures will climb above freezing today as a low pressure system crosses through central Manitoba. It will drag mild Pacific air across the south, sending daytime highs into the 5 to 10 °C range through the Red River Valley.

Breezy southerly winds up to 30 gusting 50 km/h this morning will ease midday as Winnipeg moves into the warm sector of this system. The region will see mixed skies develop this afternoon, followed by more organized cloud cover as a cold front slumps into the region tonight. As the cold front moves into the region, northwest winds will pick up into the 20 to 30 km/h range and then ease overnight. Temperatures will dip to a low near -10 °C.

Saturday will bring mixed skies to the region as the next weather system to impact the region begins to take shape. Northeast winds will pick up into the 20 to 30 km/h range as a low centre begins to develop in the Northern Plains of the United States. Skies will cloud over through the day with light snow possible by the late afternoon or evening.

Temperatures will climb to a high near -5 °C by the evening and continue to rise to the freezing mark by Sunday morning. The snow will taper off overnight, leaving behind a couple centimetres, and be replaced with a risk of freezing drizzle into Sunday morning.

On Sunday, the low centre will lift out of the United States and into Southern Manitoba. This system impact the entirety of southern Manitoba and bring adverse winter storm conditions to many regions. In the sake of brevity, here’s what to expect for each weather element.

Heavy Snow

This low pressure system will spread an area of heavy snowfall across southern Saskatchewan and into southern Manitoba. Because this low will bring a surge of warm air into the Red River Valley and SE Manitoba, there is uncertainty as to how far east the heavy snow will reach.

ECMWF 24-hour Snowfall Accumulation (10:1 SLR) Foreacst valid 12Z Monday March 4, 2024
This storm will spread heavy snow through Saskatchewan into western and central Manitoba. There is uncertainty to how far southeast the notable snow accumulations may push.

That said, through southwest Manitoba, Parkland Manitoba, and much of the Interlake, this system will bring 15 to 35 cm of fresh snow. Amounts will taper off gradually into central Manitoba and sharply into the warm sector of above-freezing air.

Freezing Rain

This system will support a band of freezing rain that develops along its advancing flank and will likely cut across the Red River Valley and SE Manitoba. Note that this risk area could shift west or east over the coming days as the system takes shape. That said, the risk of freezing rain will begin early Sunday and persist through the day. Freezing rain across southern Manitoba will come to an end on Sunday evening as the low begins to track east and colder air sweeps into the southeast corner of the province.

ECMWF Precipitation Type Forecast valid 00Z Monday March 4, 2024
This storm will bring a mix of wintery precipitation to southern Manitoba.


To the east and south of the freezing rain band, temperatures will warm enough for any precipitation that falls to fall as rain. This will include much of SE Manitoba but could push as far west as Winnipeg and north as Lake Winnipeg. Rainfalls totals could reach as high as 5 to 10 mm, but much more of the precipitation should fall on the cold side of the system as snow.

Additionally, there are early signals that as the cold front wraps around this low, convective cells may develop along the rain band associated with it. A few rumbles of thunder and heavier rain showers can’t be ruled out close to the U.S. border late Sunday into the evening.

A Guess for Winnipeg?

In Winnipeg, it looks like a risk of freezing rain on Sunday morning will transition to light rain, and then to periods of snow in the afternoon as cooler air moves in. There is significant uncertainty with this, though, and even a 50 km shift in storm track could end up changing the forecast to 10 to 20 cm of snow. On the other hand, if the storm ends up 50 km further west, much of the Red River Valley, Winnipeg included, could be in this storm’s dry slot and see little beyond a couple waves of light snow or rain and a lot of drizzle.

Be sure to keep an eye for updated forecasts as the event draws near. If you’re in SW or Parkland Manitoba, be prepared for poor conditions on Sunday as a notable winter storm moves through the region.

Long Range Outlook

Light snow will taper off across central Manitoba on Monday. There may be a small chance of flurries in Winnipeg on Monday, but the activity should stay mainly to the north. The first half of next week will be cooler with highs in the -10 to -5 °C range.

Another low pressure system will slice its way northwards through Manitoba mid-week; it will bring another chance of mixed precipitation to the province and bring milder weather back to the Red River Valley and areas east.

Today’s seasonal daytime high in Winnipeg is -5°C while the seasonal overnight low is -15 °C.

Warmer Weather Returns Quickly to Winnipeg

It’s a cold start to the day in Winnipeg, but the first cold night marks the end of this cold snap; warmer weather is surging back across the Prairies.

RDPS 2m Temperature Forecast valid 21Z Saturday February 17, 2024
Warmer weather will spread across southern Manitoba on Saturday.

The cold weather this morning will break quickly as westerly winds move into the region with a warm front pushing through. Temperatures will warm from the mid-minus 20s this morning to an afternoon high near -10 °C. Westerly winds will pick up through the day to around 30 km/h in Winnipeg. The sun will make an appearance this morning, but skies will cloud over through the day.

The winds will continue through the night with temperatures near -10 °C. There will be a chance of flurries overnight.

Saturday will bring cloudy skies to Winnipeg with a few sunny breaks possible in the afternoon. Behind the warm front, daytime highs will climb into the -5 to 0 °C range with breezy westerly winds up to 40 km/h.   Temperatures will then dip to a low near -10 °C under partly cloudy skies on Saturday night.

Light northerly winds will continue on Sunday with a cooler high than Saturday, topping out near -5 °C in the afternoon. Winnipeg should see plenty of sunshine, though, which will be a nice change from the recent warmth. It will be another cool night on Sunday night as a cold front slumps through southern Manitoba. Overnight lows will likely dip into the -20 to -15 °C range with mainly clear skies.

Long Range Outlook

An upper ridge will continue to build across the Prairies next week, keeping temperatures near to slightly above-normal through the first half of the week. A cold front will begin to slump southwards mid-week, bringing a chance of snow to the region followed by cooler temperatures to end the week.

The pattern after that is uncertain, but it looks like the region could be in for near-seasonal temperatures with more frequent chances for snow heading through the weekend and into next week.

Today’s seasonal daytime high in Winnipeg is -8 °C while the seasonal overnight low is -18 °C.

Light Snow Leads to Brief Cold Snap

A disturbance passing through southern Manitoba later today will bring light snow followed by moderate northwest winds. Colder air will slump into the region behind it for the end of the work week, but temperatures will rebound quickly through the weekend.

RDPS 24hr. Snowfall Forecast (10:1 SLR) valid 12Z Wednesday February 14, 2024
A low pressure system will leave a swath of fresh snow across southern Manitoba on Tuesday.

Winnipeg will sit under mainly cloudy skies today with southerly winds picking up to around 30 km/h ahead of a low pressure system moving in from the west. Temperatures will be mild with highs near -4 °C this afternoon. Light snow will move across southwest Manitoba today and reach Winnipeg by mid- to late-afternoon.

The snow will continue eastwards through the evening, tapering off to flurries overnight with around 2–3 cm of fresh snow left behind. Temperatures will dip to lows in the -10 to -5 °C range across the Red River Valley tonight.

It will be pleasant on Wednesday with highs again near -5 °C and westerly winds in the 20 to 30 km/h range. With that warmth will come more cloudy skies, though. A cold front will sweep through the region later Wednesday, bringing breezy northwest winds and cooling temperatures. Skies will likely clear out on Wednesday night, letting temperatures drop to a low in the mid-minus teens.

Thursday will finally bring sunshine to the region with northwest winds of 20 to 30 km/h and a high in the -15 to -10 °C range. Unfortunately, those winds will make it feel like it’s in the -20s. An Arctic high will continue to slump southwards through the Prairies through Thursday night; as it drops south, the winds will ease in southern Manitoba and temperatures will head to a low likely near -25 °C.

Long Range Outlook

Southern Manitoba will be under the grip of the Arctic high on Friday. The region will see plenty of sunshine with highs that struggle to climb into the -20 to -15 °C range.

The axis of coldest air will then shift off to the east for the weekend. Temperatures will return to near-seasonal values with breezy westerly winds on Saturday. The near-seasonal temperatures should persist into next week, then likely be followed with another surge of Pacific air that will send temperatures back towards freezing.

Fortunately, it looks like the region should see plenty of sun this weekend which will be a welcome change from the copious amounts of cloud cover the region has seen over the last while!

Today’s seasonal daytime high in Winnipeg is -9 °C while the seasonal overnight low is -19 °C.