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  • John's Weather Journal January 16

    Still a cool, breezy day but all of the extreme cold warnings around the province have been dropped. The wind is out of the south and will boost temps into the mid minus teens this afternoon. 

    By Wednesday afternoon, we are unzipping the heavy coats and leaving the toques in the car. We'll be in the -2 to -3 range all across the south as a ridge builds into the eastern prairies from the west

    That kind of milder weather sticks around through Friday. There is a bit of a catch on Friday. 

    I see a band of precip moving through around mid day that could turn into a band of freezing rain. I'll be watching the surface temps carefully. If we warm up quickly, we could rain instead. 

    The weekend isn't quite as mild but still warmer than normal. 

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg
    Tuesday:  S @ 30/40 this afternoon.  

    Wednesday: S @ 20 in the morning.   W @ 15 in the afternoon.

    Thursday: SW @ 10 in the morning.  S @ 10 in the afternoon.

    Friday: S @ 10 in the morning.  SW @ 10 in the afternoon.

  • John's Weather Journal January 15

    Well, not exactly a tropical breeze! But it is a breeze that is blowing and drifting some snow. We also have a lot of ice crystals in the air creating scenes like this from Ruth Bonneville in Winnipeg this morning. 

    If you have been outside at all today, you don’t need me to tell you it’s bitterly cold out there. Dangerously cold actually if you aren’t protected. 

    As of noon, an Extreme Cold Warning is still in effect for most of the southern half of the province with the exception of areas east of the Red River Valley. Still cold there, just not warning criteria. (1:30pm update: Warning ended with exception of extreme south)

    The good news is, this is the last really cold day of the work week. Tuesday moderates back to seasonal (-14) with a southerly surface flow developing. 

    By Wednesday, we are in the -3 to -5 range in the afternoon and that kind of milder weather sticks around through Friday. 

    The weekend isn’t quite as mild but still closer to the seasonal normal, which is a lot warmer than today. 

    Hang in there and cover the skin if you are spending any time outside today and tonight. 

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Monday:  NW @ 20/30 this afternoon.  

    Tuesday: S @ 15 in the morning.   S @ 25 in the afternoon.

    Wednesday: S @ 20 in the morning.  SW @ 20/25 in the afternoon.

    Thursday: W @ 10 in the morning.  S @ 20 in the afternoon.

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    John's Weather Journal January 12

    Friday is a similar day to Thursday with sunshine and temps close to -22 but the wind is much quieter. 

    Saturday is also sunny with a high closer to -20 and not a whole lot of wind, but cloud rolls in late in the day and into the overnight period. 

    Picking a day that is better to be outside this weekend will take some thought. 

    Sunday starts with cloud, a milder -23 and some light snow. We’ll get to about -17 with a sun/cloud mix in the afternoon, but the winds shift and get rather gusty so it’ll feel a lot colder than -17. 

    You may want to opt for the brighter, colder, less wind day on Saturday. 

    That wind I was talking about on Sunday afternoon is out of the northwest and ushers in colder air again for the start of the work week. 

    Monday is another bitterly cold day with a stiff breeze and a high of only -23. Wind chills will be high once again. 

    It looks like the end of this current cold snap is scheduled for Wednesday with a high closer to -11. Then Thursday and Friday, temps are in the minus single digits.  

    Updated 7-Day Forecast

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Friday:  W @ 15 this afternoon.  

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

    Sunday: W @ 10 in the morning.  NW @ 30/40 in the afternoon.

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

  • John's Weather Journal January 11th

    No surprise that the sunny, cold weather has returned to southern Manitoba. Winds are still strong and still blowing some of the new snow around in open areas.

    The Winnipeg area picked up 2-3cm of fresh snow, while south and east of the capital, it was more like 5-7cm. 

    Expect High between -23 and -21 across the south today and we have extreme cold warnings in effect for the western sections of central Manitoba and, of course, the north. 

    Friday is a similar day but the wind isn’t as strong. Saturday is also sunny with a high closer to -20 and not a whole lot of wind, but cloud rolls in late in the day and into the overnight period. 

    Picking a day that is better to be outside this weekend will be a real head scratcher.

    Sunday starts with cloud, a milder -23 and some light snow. We’ll get to about -17 with a sun/cloud mix in the afternoon, but the winds shift and get rather gusty so it’ll feel a lot colder than -17. 

    It looks like the end of this current cold snap is scheduled for Wednesday with a high closer to -11. Then Thursday, temps are in the minus single digits.  

    Updated 7-Day Forecast

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Thursday:  NW @ 25/30 this afternoon.  

    Friday: SW @ 10 in the morning.   W @ 15/20 in the afternoon.

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

    Sunday: S @ 15/20 in the morning.  NW @ 30/40 in the afternoon.

  • John's Weather Journal January 10

    Well, as expected, a cloudy and windy day in the south with tanking temperatures. We stared the morning at -4. As of noon, we were at -9 and should be right around -16 by 4:00 this afternoon. 

    This low dropped between 14 and 16cm in Flin Flon, The Pas, and Cross Lake. It also delivered a band of freezing from Dauphin through Minnedosa and into the Interlake regions. 

    There’s a separate system dropping snow mostly south of the international border today and some of that may make north of the border later this afternoon and through the evening. 

    Gusty winds will likely cause blowing and drifting snow outside city limits. 

    By Thursday, the sunshine returns, but it’s very cold with a high of -23 and a breeze that may produce wind chills cold enough for another extreme cold warning here in the south. 

    We have that extreme cold warning in the north today with highs in the -30s and wind chills that can freeze exposed skin in just a few minutes. 

    Here in the south, that chilly weather (but without the wind) will last through the weekend. 

    Updated 7-Day Forecast

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Wednesday:  NW @ 30/50 this afternoon.  

    Thursday: NW @ 30/40 in the morning.   NW @ 20/30 in the afternoon.

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

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

  • John's Weather Journal January 9

    Cloudy, mild and breezy is what I think best describes our Tuesday afternoon. The change happens on Wednesday, what I call the “transition day.”

    Now, if I was to say that we are going to have a high of -7 on Wednesday, what would you think? Pretty mild, right, considering the normal high is -13. 

    Okay, please don’t dress for the -7. By the time 4pm rolls around, the temperature will be closer to -16 and the wind will be howling along at 30/50km/h out of the northwest. 

    We also have a chance for freezing rain or ice pellets in the morning and some snow in the afternoon. Dress for the late day conditions. You’ll be much happier and you won’t be inclined to send me a “what the” email on Thursday. 

    Early Wednesday Morning Futurecast

    That transition day sends us back into the deep freeze. 

    By Thursday, we have the sunshine, but a high of -23 and a breeze that may produce wind chills cold enough for another extreme cold warning. 

    That kind of weather (but without the wind) will last through the weekend. 

    Updated 7-Day Forecast

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Tuesday:  S @ 20/30 this afternoon.  

    Wednesday: NW @ 30/50 in the morning.   NW @ 30/50 in the afternoon.

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

    Friday: Light Wind in the morning.   NW @ 10 in the afternoon.

  • John's Weather Journal January 8

    For those who are sick of the deep freeze, a bit of a break for you. We’ll get to a respectable -6 to -8 across the south today with a healthy dose of sunshine. 

    Tuesday is a cloudy day, although milder with a high temp of -2 in Winnipeg. There’s a catch, a risk of some freezing rain in the evening. 

    I’ll be tracking a low across Saskatchewan Tuesday heading toward central Manitoba on Tuesday night. This one packs a significant 10-15cm across the northern Interlake and central regions of the province. 

    South of the low is where we could see a band of freezing rain on Tuesday evening. 

    Once the low pushes east on Wednesday, the colder air behind it sinks south sending us into an extended frigid weather pattern again.

    Across the south on Wednesday, expect falling temps with gusty northwest winds and a slight chance of flurries. 

    By Thursday, we have the sunshine, but a high of -23 and a breeze that may produce wind chills cold enough for another extreme cold warning. 

    Updated 7-Day Forecast

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Monday:  N @ 10/20 this afternoon.  

    Tuesday: SE @ 15 in the morning.   S @ 20/30 in the afternoon.

    Wednesday: NW @ 30/50 in the morning.  NW @ 30/50 in the afternoon.

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

  • John's Weather Journal January 5

    This will be the last cold day for a while. Okay, what’s the definition of “a while?”  How about 4 or 5 days.

    Temps across the southeast will hover around -19 to -21 this afternoon. It’s slightly milder in the west. 

    Saturday, we get windy out of the south and start to warm up to a temp that is closer to seasonal. (-11 on Saturday) 

    We also have a chance of afternoon and evening flurries on Saturday. Plan something outside for the weekend. 

    Sunday really warms up. There is good agreement in the model guidance now that puts Winnipeg at -3 in the afternoon. That is the mildest temperature we’ve seen since mid-December. The west could get above zero on Sunday. 

    We are fairly mild for the first half of next week but cool off again by Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. 

    The next organized snowfall I see is scheduled for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, then temps fall through the day on Wednesday. 

    Updated 7-Day Forecast

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Friday:  SE @ 10 this afternoon.  

    Saturday: S @ 30/40 in the morning.   S @ 30/50 in the afternoon.

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

    Monday: W @ 15 in the morning.   Light Wind in the afternoon.

  • John's Weather Journal January 4

    I know, still cold. If you like sunshine though, wow, what a day! Expect a high of -20 across the southeast today. 

    We have extreme cold warning east of Lake Winnipeg in the Poplar River and Berens River regions and in northern Manitoba as well. 

    The southwest is a few degrees milder than the Red River Valley but it’s cloudy and there is some light snow falling around the Riding Mountain area and toward the Saskatchewan border. 

    Friday will be a similar day with temp around -19 and lots of sunshine in the southeast. Should be a brighter day in the west as well. 

    Plan something outside for the weekend. 

    Saturday, I have a high of -11 but it will be windy out of the south. We’ll also see a few flurries in the afternoon. 

    Sunday really warms up. Some of the computer guidance pegs Winnipeg at -3 in the afternoon. I think -5 is more reasonable, still, that is the mildest temperature we’ve seen since mid-December. 

    The next organized snowfall I see is scheduled for Wednesday next week. 

    Updated 7-Day Forecast

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Thursday:  NE @ 10 this afternoon.  

    Friday: Light Wind in the morning.   SE @ 10 in the afternoon.

    Saturday: S @ 30/50 in the morning.  S @ 25/40 in the afternoon.

    Sunday: W @ 20 in the morning.   W @ 20 in the afternoon.

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