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John Sauder, CBC's meteorologist in Manitoba, keeps track of weather moving across the province.

    John's Weather Journal December 28

    It’s actually tolerable outside today. -17 and not much wind feels decent after this recent cold snap. My message, get outside and enjoy the slight warm up. We are heading back into the deep freeze tonight. 

    Friday brings the extremely cold temps back to the south. Expect a high on Friday in Winnipeg and surrounding areas of just -23 with a wind gusting to 40km/h in the afternoon.

    That combination will likely put us back into the “Extreme Cold Warning” range for a couple of days. 

    Saturday afternoon’s high is just -27 after a morning temperature of -32.

    Sunday, New Year’s Eve, we’ll wake to similar temperatures around -32 or -33. 

    It’ll be slightly milder on Monday and Tuesday but still well below the seasonal normals. 

    John's Updated 7-Day Forecast

    Extreme Cold Warnings are issued for the north when wind chill values are at -45 or colder. In the south, the criteria is -40 or colder. 

    At -45, exposed skin can freeze in about 5 minutes, at -40, it’s a 10 minute freeze time. The message, cover your skin when outside in the wind. 

    If you are travelling on highways through this coming weekend, again, it’ll be very important to have a safety kit and appropriate clothing in the car just in case you get stranded. 

    Temperatures and wind chills will be in the dangerous range through New Year’s Eve and into next week. 

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Thursday:  NW @ 15/20 this afternoon.  

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

    Saturday: NW @ 15 in the morning.  NW @ 10/15 in the afternoon.

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

    John's Weather Journal December 27

    The bitterly cold weather that has entrenched itself across the prairies through the Christmas season, gets a slight moderation on Thursday, but then it’s back to the deep freeze on Friday. 

    Thursday will be a cloudy day with some snow, but not a lot to shovel. The air is so cold and so dry, there simply isn’t enough moisture present to give us more than about a centimetre. 

    We still have an extreme cold warning along the Hudson Bay coast as I write this mid day Wednesday. Wind chill values are in the -50 range. At that level, exposed skin can get frostbite in a few minutes. 

    Here in the south, Friday brings the extremely cold temps back to the south. Expect a high on Friday in Winnipeg and surrounding areas of just -23 with a wind gusting to 30km/h in the afternoon.

    Saturday afternoon’s high is just -27 after a morning temperature of -32.

    Sunday, New Year’s Eve, we’ll wake to similar temperatures around -32 or -33. 

    Extreme Cold Warnings are issued for the north when wind chill values are at -45 or colder. In the south, the criteria is -40 or colder. 

    At -45, exposed skin can freeze in about 5 minutes, at -40, it’s a 10 minute freeze time. The message, cover your skin when outside in the wind. 

    If you are travelling on highways through this coming weekend, again, it’ll be very important to have a safety kit and appropriate clothing in the car just in case you get stranded. 

    Temperatures and wind chills will be in the dangerous range through New Year’s Eve and into next week. 

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Wednesday:  SE @ 10 this afternoon.  

    Thursday: E @ 10 in the morning.   NW @ 10/20 in the afternoon.

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

    Saturday: NW @ 15 in the morning.   NW @ 10/20 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal December 22

    Get ready for a very cold Christmas season, likely the coldest Christmas Day in 21 years.

    It’s a seasonal -11 this afternoon and Saturday will be similar, but then the real cold snap settles in and sticks around for a while. 

    Last year at this time I was forecasting a Christmas/Boxing Day snow storm. We won’t have anything like that but it will be very cold. 

    By Sunday (Christmas eve) we are flirting with -30 degree lows. Daytime highs will struggle to reach the mid minus 20s from Sunday right through into late next week. 

    Updated 7-Day Forecast - It's a cold one!

    I’m expecting Extreme Cold Warnings to be issued for the north by Saturday, and for the south by Sunday. 

    Extreme Cold Warnings are issued for the north when wind chill values are at -45 or colder. In the south, the criteria is -40 or colder. 

    At -45, exposed skin can freeze in about 5 minutes, at -40, it’s a 10 minute freeze time. The message, cover your skin when outside in the wind. 

    If you are travelling on highways through the holiday season, it’ll be very important to have a safety kit and appropriate clothing in the car just in case you get stranded. 

    Temperatures and wind chills will be in the dangerous range. 

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Friday:  NW @ 20/30 this afternoon.  

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

    Sunday: Light Wind in the morning.  NW @ 20/30 in the afternoon.

    Monday: W @ 20 in the morning.   W @ 20/30 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal December 21

    If you are looking for a dusting of snow, we’ll see that tonight into Friday morning. 

    If you are looking for the coldest Christmas in 21 years, I have that in my forecast too. 

    It’s a chilly -15 in the sunshine today but we will get a little reprieve over the next two days before the real cold stuff settles in and sticks around for a while. 

    Last year at this time I was forecasting a Christmas/Boxing Day snow storm. We won’t have anything like that but it will be very cold over the Christmas season. 

    By Sunday (Christmas eve) we are flirting with -30 degree lows. Daytime highs will struggle to reach the mid minus 20s from Sunday right through into late next week. 

    Updated 7-Day forecast:

     

    I’m expecting Extreme Cold Warnings to be issued for the north by Saturday, and for the south by Sunday. 

    Extreme Cold Warnings are issued for the north when wind chill values are at -45 or colder. In the south, the criteria is -40 or colder. 

    At -45, exposed skin can freeze in about 5 minutes, at -40, it’s a 10 minute freeze time. The message, cover your skin when outside in the wind. 

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Thursday:  S @ 15/20 this afternoon.  

    Friday: SW @ 10 in the morning.   NW @ 20 in the afternoon.

    Saturday: SW @ 10/15 in the morning.  NW @ 20 in the afternoon.

    Sunday: W @ 10 in the morning.   NW @ 15/20 in the afternoon.

     

    John's Weather Journal December 20

    We won’t see much in the way of sun today and there is some snow moving west to east along the international border. Thursday will be bright, but still chilly. 

    The big story in our weather pattern all across Manitoba is the colder air sinking down for the north.

    Last year at this time I was forecasting a Christmas/Boxing Day snow storm. We won’t have anything like that but it will be very cold over the Christmas season. 

    By Sunday (Christmas eve) we are flirting with -30 degree lows. Daytime highs will struggle to reach the mid minus 20s from Sunday right through Tuesday. 

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Wednesday:  N @ 10 this afternoon.  

    Thursday: Light Wind in the morning.   S @ 20 in the afternoon.

    Friday: W @ 10/15 in the morning.  NW @ 30/40 in the afternoon.

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

     

    John's Weather Journal December 8

    As I write this, the Winnipeg area is under a little break in the cloud cover. The cloud will be in and out as we enjoy an afternoon high of -3. 

    There is a band of light snow to the east of the Red River Valley that is moving south very quickly. That one will leave 2-4cm on the ground in northwestern Ontario. 

    Here in the upper part of the Valley, there is a slight chance of a flurry into the evening but the more prominent feature in our weather today will be the wind. 

    Winds get very gusty this afternoon and this evening out of the northwest. Expect gusts to 60km/h this evening. 

    Saturday morning will be a little brighter and winds will remain fairly light through the day. Expect some cloud in the afternoon, then partial clearing in the evening hours on Saturday. 

    We get mild again on Sunday and if you are looking for some snow, I think late Sunday will be our next chance for that. 

    There’s a developing system that will bring that milder air into the south, then drop 3-5cm of snow on Sunday evening. 

    Futurecast - RPM model showing the snow potential on Sunday evening. (3-5cm)

    Some of that snow will last into Monday morning and Monday will also be cooler, closer to the seasonal normal. 

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Friday:  NW @ 30/50 this afternoon.  NW @ 40/60 this evening.

    Saturday: SW @ 10 in the morning.   S @ 20/30 in the afternoon.

    Sunday: NW @ 10/15 in the morning.  S @ 10/15 in the afternoon.

    Monday: NW @ 20/30 in the morning.   NW @ 30/50 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal December 7

    The cloud and flurries stay with us in the southeast through Friday before some clearing later in the evening.

    I do think we’ll have a brighter day in the west on Friday. I also think snow is in the cards mostly for areas east of the Red River Valley.

    Friday afternoon also gets rather windy. 

    Saturday is the only day in the next week or so that I don’t mention at least a little bit of snow. Expect a sun/cloud mix on Saturday. 

    Daytime highs are all over the place in the next 5 or 6 days as well. Sunday will be a milder day at -2 with some afternoon and evening light snow. 

    Some of that snow will last into Monday morning. More snow in my forecast for Tuesday into Wednesday. 

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Friday: NW @ 15/20 in the morning.   NW @ 30/50 in the afternoon.

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

    Sunday: NW @ 10/20 in the morning.  Light Wind in the afternoon.

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