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    John's Weather Journal March 20

    The Spring Equinox happens on today at 4:58pm. We also have a full, super moon this evening. 

    That’s the first time in 19 years the Spring Equinox and the full moon have happened on the same day. It doesn’t happen again until 2030.

    Western parts of northern Manitoba are really soaking up the sun’s heat again today. There is potential for a 12 degree high in Flin Flon and The Pas and 10 degrees or so in Thompson. 

    The reason for the warmer numbers in that part of the province is the sun angle getting higher and having a greater effect on the forested regions. 

    Wednesday, we’ll enjoy a lot more sunshine with  a high of 5 degrees. Expect much the same for Thursday and Friday, then temps climb toward the weekend before cooling off again on Sunday.

    There is a chance for some patchy fog Wednesday night into Thursday morning.  

    The good news is that overnight lows are still dropping into the minus digits and that temperature profile will slow the melt. 

    John's 7-Day Forecast
     

    Wind Forecast For Winnipeg:

    Wednesday:  W @ 10/15 in the afternoon. 

    Thursday: NW @ 20 in the morning.   NW @ 20/40 in the afternoon.  

    Friday:  Light Wind in the morning.  S @ 15/20 in the afternoon.

    Saturday:  S @ 20/30 in the morning.  S @ 20/30 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal March 19

    Western parts of northern Manitoba are really soaking up the sun’s heat today. As of noon, it’s 8 degrees in Flin Flon and 6 degrees in The Pas, Thompson and Lynn Lake. 

    Part of the reason for the warmer air in that part of the province is the sun angle getting higher and having a greater effect on the forested regions. 

    Also, the upper ridge is edging east into the northern part of the province and then back to the west as it moves south. 

    Manitoba Temps as of 1pm Tuesday
    Manitoba Temps as of 1pm Tuesday
     

    That upper pattern will eventually works its way east and temps will climb accordingly. all across the south as well. 

    Tuesday will be a mainly cloudy and breezy day with highs across the south between 3 and 5 degrees. 

    Wednesday, we’ll start to see a lot more sunshine with similar temps, but temps in the south start to climb for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

    The good news is that overnight lows are still dropping into the minus digits and that temperature profile will slow the melt. 

    The Spring Equinox happens on Wednesday at 4:58pm. 

    John's 7-Day Forecast
     

    Wind Forecast For Winnipeg:

    Tuesday:  SW @ 30/40 in the afternoon. 

    Wednesday: N @ 20/30 in the morning.   NW @ 15/20 in the afternoon.  

    Thursday:  NW @ 25/40 in the morning.  NW @ 30/40 in the afternoon.
    Friday:  NW @ 10 in the morning.  SW @ 10/15 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal March 18

    The big story this week is the warmer, springlike weather that is on the way in the coming days. 

    Today, we have some snow to the east and a mix of precip to the west along a warm front. 

    Temps will hover near zero to plus one here in the southeast today, then reach a few degrees above zero on Tuesday. 

    Tuesday will be a cloudy and breezy day but once this system moves off to the east on Wednesday, we’ll start to see a lot more sunshine as temps climb for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

    The good news is that overnight lows are still dropping into the minus digits and that temperature profile will slow the melt. 

    The Spring Equinox happens on Wednesday at 4:48pm. 

    John's 7-Day Forecast
     

    Wind Forecast For Winnipeg:

    Monday:  SW @ 10/20 in the afternoon. 

    Tuesday: SW @ 10 in the morning.   SW @ 30/40 in the afternoon.  

    Wednesday:  NW @ 10/20 in the morning.  W @ 10 in the afternoon.

    Thursday:  NW @ 20/25 in the morning.  N @ 20/30 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal March 15

    On the back edge of the cloud, we’ll see a few flurries through Winnipeg and the northern Red River Valley early this afternoon. It won’t last. Get the sun glasses ready.

    Temps will stay fairly steady near -5 through the afternoon with a northwest breeze at 20 to 30 km/h.

    Tonight’s temps under the clear skies drop into the mid minus teens but that will be the last rather chilly night for a while. 

    Your weekend starts with sunshine on Saturday but the cloud covers us by mid afternoon and I do expect a band of flurries or light snow late afternoon and evening. 

    Sunday is still cloudy with a few wet flurries. Both days on the weekend are close to seasonal for daytime highs. 

    Next week, it’ll feel a lot more like spring as temps climb into the 5 degree range on a couple of days.

    We’ll also enjoy a lot more sunshine. 

    Let’s hope for a slow melt! 

    John's 7-Day Forecast
     

    Wind Forecast For Winnipeg:

    Friday:  NW @ 20/30 in the afternoon. 

    Saturday: S @ 10 in the morning.   S @ 15 in the afternoon.  

    Sunday:  N @ 10 in the morning.  NW @ 20/30 in the afternoon.

    Monday:  S @ 10 in the morning.  S @ 15/20 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal March 14

    Amazing to see the sharp line between no snow and an all out snow storm this morning. That line was right over Winnipeg. 

    The northwest corner of the city received very little, if any, snow and the southeast section of the city received 2cm. 

    NW Perimeter 7:20am
    SE Perimeter 7:20am
     

    Southeast of the city, it was more like 10-15cm.

    To the southeast, as of noon, it’s still snowing and blowing. Travel conditions are not good at all. 

    Satellite/Radar as of Noon Thursday
     
    Warnings as of Noon Thursday
     

    The system is making a move to the east now and should be out of the province by this evening or earlier. Winds stay strong into tonight. 

    Friday will be a cooler and still breezy day with a mix of sun and cloud and a high close to -5. 

    The weekend brings a temperature rebound back to seasonal.

    Next week, it’ll feel like spring with a lot more sunshine and temps well above zero.  

    John's 7-Day Forecast - warmer, brighter next week
     

    Wind Forecast For Winnipeg:

    Thursday:  N @ 40/60 in the afternoon. 

    Friday: NW @ 20/30 in the morning.   NW @ 20/30 in the afternoon.  

    Saturday:  SW @ 10 in the morning.  SW @ 20/25 in the afternoon.

    Sunday:  W @ 10/15 in the morning.  W @ 10 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal March 12

    With the sunshine and a high of zero today, it kind of feels like spring. If we get above zero today at the airport, it’ll be the first time since January 4th. 

    The wind does pick up later this afternoon out of the south so it will feel cooler than zero. 

    Another winter storm is set to hammer areas just south of us mid week. That hasn’t changed in the forecast, but the expected track of the storm has shifted to the south.

    This next one will have a similar track to the storm that hit on Saturday. That Col Low delivered about 25cms to Fargo, and 15cm to Grand Forks. 

    It also hit SE MB (Sprague) with about 15cms of wet snow. 

    Here in the northern Red River Valley, we ‘ll likely get some wet snow Wednesday night into the first half of Thursday. It also gets very windy Thursday. 

    Again in SE MB, conditions for driving on Thursday morning will be snowy, windy and hazardous. 

    This storm pulls away quickly on Friday with a cooler day but temps rebound nicely into the weekend. 

    Storm Position Overnight Wed/Thu. SE MB hit again.
     

    Wind Forecast For Winnipeg:

    Tuesday:  S @ 25/40 in the afternoon. 

    Wednesday: NW @ 10/15 in the morning.   N @ 30/40 in the afternoon.  

    Thursday:  N @ 40/60 in the morning.  NW @ 40/60 in the afternoon.

    Friday:  NW @ 15/20 in the morning.  NW @ 20/30 in the afternoon.

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