Alberta Clipper Brings Mild Temperatures Quickly Followed By Windy Blast of Arctic Air

An Alberta clipper tracking across the province will bring above-freezing temperatures to Winnipeg today, but strong northwesterlies will usher in colder temperatures this evening that will remain in place for much of the week.

Mild temperatures are on the way today as an Alberta clipper tracking through the Interlake spreads above-freezing temperatures along and south of the Trans-Canada corridor. Temperatures will reach a high near +1°C this afternoon with some rain showers developing across portions of the Red River Valley. Winds will shift from southerly near 20 km/h to westerly at 30 gusting to 50 km/h mid-afternoon, and then shift to northwesterly behind a cold front that sweeps through between 5 and 7PM, ushering in strong winds of 40-50 km/h with gusts up to 70 km/h. By then, any precipitation will switch over and fall as snow. Although snowfall is not expected to be particularly intense, the combination of snow with strong northerly winds will likely produce some areas of reduced visibility in blowing snow.

RPDS 10m Wind Forecast valid 03Z Tuesday November 21, 2017
Strong northwesterly winds of 40-50 km/h will develop over the Red River Valley on Monday evening

With the northwesterly winds, temperatures will rapidly plummet in the evening, going from near +1°C at 5PM to -7 or -8°C by midnight. This rapid drop in temperatures combined with light snow and strong winds will result in a rapid freeze, likely producing slippery roads and poor driving conditions. If you must travel tonight, be sure to give yourself extra time, drive safely, and ensure you have an emergency car kit with you. Any remaining light snow will taper off towards early Tuesday morning as temperatures head to a low near -10°C.

Tuesday will see morning northwesterlies near 30 gusting 50 km/h gradually taper off through the day as a ridge of high pressure moves in. Temperatures will be cool with highs near -7°C under mixed skies. Even cooler air will move in on Tuesday night as the ridge of high pressure moves into the Red River Valley, sending lows into the -15 to -20°C range, depending on exactly how much cloud cover remains in the region.

Winnipeg will see cloudy periods on Wednesday as a weak upper-level disturbance bringing a few light flurries to south-western Manitoba spreads cloud into the Red River Valley. Winds will continue to be light under the ridge of high pressure and temperatures will reach a high near -7°C once again. Expect clear skies and a low near -14°C on Wednesday night.

Long Range Outlook

The remainder of the week looks cool for the most part; a low tracking across the central Prairies on Friday will bring mild temperatures once again, but cooler temperatures crash back southwards in the northwesterlies behind the system on Friday night. Cooler temperatures look to stick around through the weekend into next week under variable cloudiness.

Winnipeg’s seasonal daytime high is currently -3°C while the seasonal overnight low is -12°C.

Cooler Conditions Bring Flurries, Windy Thursday

A pair of low pressure systems tracking across the Prairies over the next few days will bring a couple bouts of flurries to Winnipeg, separated by a slightly warmer, but much windier, Thursday.

Winnipeg will see cloudy skies today as breezy northwesterly winds up to around 30 gusting 50 km/h move into the region behind a cold front that passed through overnight. The clouds will likely bring scattered flurries to the Red River Valley, but no accumulating snow is expected.1 Temperatures will be cooler than Monday or Tuesday were, with highs topping out around -5°C today in Winnipeg. The gusty winds will taper off later this afternoon. Tonight, temperatures will dip to a low near -11°C under variable cloudiness as the cloud cover from one system departs as the next area of cloud moves in from the west.

Moderate southeasterly winds will build into the Red River Valley on Thursday

Thursday will be a warmer day in Winnipeg, but strong south-southeasterly winds will make it feel not nearly as pleasant. A low pressure system approaching from the west will increase winds out of the south up to 40 gusting 60 km/h as overcast skies spread across the Red River Valley. While temperatures will reach a high near -2°C, the strong winds and lack of sunshine will make it feel rather cool. Winds will taper off on Thursday evening as the low pressure system moves into Manitoba. It will bring light snow to Winnipeg for Thursday night as a cold front slowly slides through the Red River Valley. At the moment, it appears snow amounts will be low, with up to around 2 cm expected. Temperatures will remain steady near -1°C through the night.

While Winnipeg will just be grazed by snowfall on Thursday night, significant amounts of the white stuff will fall across the central Prairies

Friday will bring cooler temperatures to Winnipeg. Any remaining snow will quickly exit the region in the morning, leaving behind mostly cloudy skies and light northwesterly winds that usher in a cooler air mass. Temperatures will drop through the day to around -6°C with some sunny breaks developing in the afternoon. Temperatures will dip down to a low near -11°C again with variable cloudiness overnight and a slight chance of a few scattered flurries.

Long Range Outlook

Temperatures look to be on a bit of a roller coaster through the weekend into the first half of next week, oscillating between seasonal temperatures and below-seasonal temperatures. No significant weather systems are on the horizon in the next 7-10 days.

So in general, near to slightly below-seasonal temperatures with no significant snowfalls. It appears the cold snap that began November has moderated towards seasonal, and a stretch of relatively benign weather lies ahead for Winnipeg.

Winnipeg’s seasonal daytime high is currently -2°C while the seasonal overnight low is -10°C.

  1. Snowfall amounts will generally be 0 to 2 cm.

Cold, Windy, and Snowy Friday the Gateway To Seasonal Temperatures

Today will be downright unpleasant out there as a potentially record breaking cold start to the day1 gives way to strong southerly winds as snow moves into the region. After today, though, conditions improve substantially with the record-breaking cold moving out of the area and a gradual return to seasonal weather.

The wind will be out in full force today as strong southerlies strengthen to 40 gusting 60 km/h this morning, which combined with the cold temperatures will produce wind chill values near -30 in the first half of the morning. Temperatures will slowly climb through the day, reaching -9°C this afternoon and then sticking there until rising further overnight to around the -5°C mark by Saturday morning. The winds will begin to taper off in the evening, diminishing to calm by Saturday morning.

RDPS Forecast 10m Winds valid 21Z Friday November 10, 2017
Strong southerly winds will be in place across the Red River Valley this afternoon

Those strong winds are due to the tight pressure gradient between a departing high pressure system that brought the cold temperatures and an approaching low pressure system. In addition to the winds, this low will spread light snow through western Manitoba this morning then into the Red River Valley for the afternoon. Most of the snow will be done by evening, but flurries will likely persist overnight.

While snowfall amounts won’t be too high — generally around 3 to 5 cm is expected — as the snow combines with the strong winds, travel may be impacted by scattered pockets of blowing snow. Certainly not a blizzard by any stretch of the imagination, but be prepared to take some sections of highways slowly as reduced visibility may be an issue from time to time.

RDPS Forecast 24hr. Snowfall valid 15Z Saturday November 11, 2017
General snowfall amounts of 2 to 5 cm are expected by Saturday morning across southern Manitoba

The weekend looks better; any remaining flurries should taper off Saturday morning as a very broad ridge of high pressure builds into the Prairies, although a few scattered flurries will be possible through the remainder of the day. Saturday should see closer-to-seasonal temperatures with highs near -2 or -3°C and northwesterly winds of 10 to 20 km/h under mostly cloudy skies, although some afternoon sunny breaks are possible.

Temperatures cool off a bit Saturday night into Sunday as the ridge of high pressure moves through Manitoba. Winnipeg should see a low near -10°C on Saturday night with variable cloudiness and light winds. Sunday will bring mixed skies and slightly cooler temperatures once again with highs near -6°C. Sunday night’s low is a bit of a tricky proposition as temperatures will likely dive in the evening, but then clouds and increasing winds will move in and bring the temperature back up to -6 or -5°C by Monday morning. At this point, it seems like the low will dip to around -11°C before climbing back up, but if it stays clear for a bit longer it could be a few degrees lower, or if it remains cloudier temperatures may not even dip much from the daytime high.

Long Range Outlook

Next week will bring seasonal temperatures back to the region with highs of 0 to +2°C expected on both Monday and Tuesday. A low pressure system moving through on Tuesday may bring some precipitation to the region, then temperatures cool down on Wednesday before returning to the freezing mark on Thursday as another low pressure system moves through bringing a chance of snow to the Red River Valley. So a bit of a mixed bag, but certainly warmer than it has been!

Winnipeg’s seasonal daytime high is currently 0°C while the seasonal overnight low is -8°C.

  1. This post is being written on Thursday evening; while we’re pretty proud of our forecasts, even we can’t claim to be able to forecast down to tenths of degrees!

Flurries Usher in Arctic Chill, Seasonal Temperatures Return for the Weekend

A few flurries today will mark the arrival of another shot of colder temperatures as an approaching upper-level trough keeps Arctic air entrenched over the region. Improvement is on the horizon, with near-seasonal temperatures moving back into the region on the weekend.

Today will bring cloudy skies and flurries to much of the Red River Valley as colder Arctic air slumps southwards in the wake of a cold front that moved through on Tuesday evening. The flurries will be relatively light with little accumulations, however a light northerly flow and very cool temperatures aloft will support some lake-effect snow off of Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg through the day and into the evening.

During the day, the snow from Lake Manitoba will primarily affect regions south of the lake between Oakville and Austin, including Portage la Prairie. Heading into the evening, winds shift more to the west-northwest, and while the snow will weaken with less favourable fetch, it’s likely that light snow coming off the lake will shift eastwards towards Winnipeg.

Lake Winnipeg will primarily see moderate flurries off the North Basin moving through the Narrows and adjacent areas and eastwards into Berens River for much of the next 24 hours. The South Basin will produce some lighter snow that will spread southwards off the lake, shifting southeast towards Pinawa and then eastwards towards Bisset as winds swing around in the evening.

RDPS Forecast 24hr. QPF valid 12Z Thursday November 9, 2017
Flurries are expected across much of southern Manitoba, with enhanced snow in the lee of the lakes

The widespread snow will exit the province by late Wednesday afternoon with lake-effect flurries from Lake Manitoba and the south basin of Lake Winnipeg persisting into Thursday morning.

Temperatures will climb to a high near -8°C with light northwesterly winds. Winnipeg will see a continued chance of flurries on Thursday night with a low near -18°C.1

Thursday will be a very cool day with high temperatures across the Red River Valley climbing to just-10 or -9°C. Winds will remain light with the only clouds in the region those that move off of the lakes. Skies should be clear heading into Thursday night with temperatures plummeting to a low near -20°C.2 Cloud will begin to move into the region late Thursday night/early Friday morning ahead of a warm front approaching the region.

GDPS Forecast 24hr. Snowfall at 10:1 SLR valid 12Z Saturday November 11, 2017
Accumulating snow is expected across portions of southern Manitoba on Friday

Friday will bring a weather system that will trigger a change in the large-scale weather pattern, shunting the cold air out of the region and sending Winnipeg back towards seasonal temperatures. Expect cloudy skies with light snow building into the region as the warm front moves through. Temperatures will climb to a high near -6°C, but breezy southerly winds strengthening to 40 gusting 60 km/h will make it feel much cooler as wind chill values dip to around -15. Friday night will continue cloudy with a slight chance of light snow as temperatures remain steady around -6°C. Winds will gradually taper off by Saturday morning.

Long Range Outlook

Heading into the weekend, it looks like Winnipeg will move into a variably cloudy and dry pattern, with temperatures returning towards seasonal values. Saturday and Sunday both look to bring highs in the -2 to -4°C range, then highs are expected to climb to the freezing mark for the start of next week. Overnight lows will be follow suit, climbing back into the -8 to -4°C range.

Winnipeg’s seasonal daytime high is currently +1°C while the seasonal overnight low is -7°C.

  1. Further to the south in the Red River Valley, away from the lakes, temperatures could drop into the -20 to -22°C range overnight.
  2. Again, overnight lows could drop even colder further south of Winnipeg in the Red River Valley, into the -22 to -25°C range.