John Sauder weather blog Live

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

    John's Weather Journal January 30

    As expected, the heaviest snowfall is happening through central Manitoba with as much as 20cm expected from Swan River and The Pas in the west across to Berens River and Bissett in the east. 

    Main Band of Snow as of 2pm
    The centre of the low is near the MB/SK border as of 1pm Tuesday. 

    Snow along with blowing snow and poor visibility will continue this afternoon and evening as the cold front moves west to east. 

    Appropriate advisories and warnings are in place by Environment Canada for heavy snowfall and blowing snow. 

    Weather Warnings/Advisories at 2pm
    This evening, winds stay strong from the northwest, gusting to 70 or 80km/h in parts of central and southern Manitoba. The wind does drop off tonight only to pick up again on Wednesday. 

    Behind the system is a frisky influx of very cold weather that lasts through the weekend into next week. Be prepared for extreme wind chills and ‘plug in the car’ weather through the first part of February. 

    Updated 7-Day Forecast
    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Tuesday:  S @ 40/60 this afternoon. 

    Wednesday: NW @ 30/50 in the morning.   NW @ 40/60 in the afternoon. 

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

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

    John's Weather Journal January 29

    The focus early this week is the stormy low that will cross Manitoba on Tuesday followed by an extended period of very cold weather lasting through, and beyond, this weekend. 

    The heaviest snowfall will be through central Manitoba with as much as 20cm expected from Swan River and The Pas in the west across to Berens River and Bissett in the east. 

    South of the low and through the Red River Valley, expected 5 to 8cm of snow along with blowing snow and poor visibility starting in the morning hours. Appropriate advisories and warnings will be issued by Environment Canada as the low draws closer. 

    Futurecast Early Tuesday
    This is a quick mover, but conditions will be hazardous through the day due to the strong winds. We could even see blizzard warnings issued after the snow stops falling due to winds gusting to 70 or 80km/h in parts of central and southern Manitoba.  

    Late in the day, the system moves out of the province to the east but winds remain strong through Wednesday so, even though the snow will have stopped, the blowing snow will continue. 

    Behind the system is a frisky influx of very cold weather that lasts through the weekend into next week. Be prepared for extreme wind chills and ‘plug in the car’ weather through the first part of February. 

    Updated 7-Day Forecast
    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

     

    Monday:  SE @ 10 this afternoon. 

    Tuesday: SE @ 40/50 in the morning.   S @ 40/60 in the afternoon.  NW @ 40/70 in the evening. 

    Wednesday: NW @ 30/50 in the morning.  NW @ 40/60 in the afternoon.

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

    John's Weather Journal January 26

    The low I’ve been talking about is delivering between 5 and 10 centimetres of snow today from The Pas eastward through Norway House and Island Lake. 

    Here in the south, we’ll likely see less snow, but some patchy freezing drizzle mixed in. By Saturday afternoon, we’ll have 2-3cm on the ground in the northern Red River Valley with lower amounts the farther south you are. 

    Here’s the other part of the equation, there’s a gusty wind behind the low that will likely produce blowing snow in open areas Friday night and Saturday. The wind kicks up just as the temps start to fall and the flurries change to light snow.  

    Temps will drop through the day Saturday as the light snow and blowing snow is at its worst in the morning hours, tapering to flurries in the afternoon. 

    Sunday and Monday will be chilly with highs at -16 to -17 Degrees both days. 

    There’s a brief warm up coming on Tuesday but a much stronger chance that we’ll be grabbing the shovels after a significant snowfall that day.    

    Behind that system, expect a cooler weather pattern that will stick around for a while. 

     

    Updated 7-Day Forecast
    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Friday:  NW @ 20/30 this afternoon.  NW @ 30/50 this evening. 

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

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

    Monday: NW @ 10 in the morning.  S @ 10 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal January 25

    Another cloudy day, although it will get milder this afternoon. It will also get a little breezy. Expect a high of -2 with a southeast wind at 30 to 40km/h

    I’m tracking a low that will likely drop 5-10cm of snow across central Manitoba Thursday night and through Friday. The Canadian and Euro model guidance shows a few centimetres of accumulation for the south. The RPM keeps the snow to the north. 

    Projected Snow Accumulation
    The track of that low is what I’ll be watching as we head into Friday. If it moves farther north, Winnipeg will miss the brunt of the snowfall again and just get a dusting. 

    This is important because there is some wind along with the low that could produce blowing snow in open areas Friday night and Saturday. No snow means no blowing snow either.   

    Temps will drop through the day Saturday. Sunday and Monday will be chilly with highs at -16 to -17 Degrees both days. 

    There’s a stronger chance that we’ll be grabbing the shovels after a Tuesday snowfall.  

    Updated 7-Day Forecast
    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Thursday:  SE @ 30/40 this afternoon.  

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

    Saturday: NW @ 40/60 in the morning.  NW @ 30/50 in the afternoon.

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

    John's Weather Journal January 24

    Who, besides me, is craving a little vitamin D? I’m hoping for some sunshine this afternoon here in Winnipeg but it’s looking questionable at this point. 

    You may want to hop in the buggy and drive north. Checking the Gimli webcam and it’s a bright, sunny day in that area. 

    We won’t see much in the way of sun over the next few days either. I’m tracking a low that will likely drop 5-10cm of snow across central Manitoba Thursday night and through Friday. 

    There is still a lot of uncertainty around the track of that system and where the heaviest snow will land. The track of that low could be the difference between 3-5cm of snow for the south, or just a dusting again.  

    There is also some wind with that system. It’ll be gusty on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as temps tank into the mid minus teens by the afternoon.  

    Updated 7-Day Forecast
    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Wednesday:  NW @ 10 this afternoon.  

    Thursday: E @ 10 in the morning.   SE @ 30/40 in the afternoon.

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

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

    John's Weather Journal January 23

    Here in the south, it’ll just be flurries or light snow Tuesday afternoon and evening as a low moves across central Manitoba . 

    That one will drop 2-4cm of snow across the north end of the lakes and 1-3cm across the southeast as the snow band slides toward the northern Whiteshell later today. We won’t see enough snow in Winnipeg today to even whiten things up. 

    Wednesday looks like a brighter day, which is good because cloud cover really wins the battle in the sky this week. Winds also remain fairly stagnant on Wednesday so it’ll be a good day to get outside and enjoy. 

    Temps in the south this week will remain mild until Saturday. We’ll likely see some snow from a low moving through the Dakotas on Friday. The track of that one could be the difference between 3-5cm of snow for the south, or just a dusting again.  

    There is also some wind with that system. It’ll be gusty on Thursday and breezy on Friday as well. 

    Updated 7-Day Forecast:

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Tuesday:  S @ 10/15 this afternoon.  

    Wednesday: SW @ 10 in the morning.   Light Wind in the afternoon.

    Thursday: SE @ 25 in the morning.  SSE @ 30/50 in the afternoon.

    Friday: SW @ 10 in the morning.  NW @ 20/40 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal January 22

    We are mild, we are cloudy, and there’s not much in the way of snow on the way. Some, but not a lot. 

    We may see a few sunny breaks in the south Monday afternoon but are generally in a stagnant weather pattern this week. 

    There is a weak low moving out of Alberta into Saskatchewan today and into central and northern Manitoba Tuesday that has potential to leave behind 10cms. 

    Here in the south, it’ll just be flurries or light snow Tuesday afternoon and evening. (1-3cm) The major winter storm I talked about last week for southern Minnesota is dropping 30cms today. It’s headed east. 

    Temps in the south this week will remain mild until Saturday. We’ll likely see some snow from a low moving through the Dakotas on Friday. The track of that one could be the difference between 3-5cm of snow for the south, or just a dusting again.  

    Updated 7-Day Forecast:

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Monday:  N @ 10/15 this afternoon.  

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

    Wednesday: S @ 10 in the morning.  S @ 10 in the afternoon.

    Thursday: E @ 10 in the morning.  SE @ 25/40 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal January 19

    Snow in the north is tapering off and moving east today while the south is above zero and saw some rain overnight in the southeast.

    I think we have already reached our daytime high in Winnipeg, 4.1 degrees at the airport at 5am. As I write this, temps are hovering around 2 degrees in Winnipeg. We’ll see what the sun does to that number if it appears later this afternoon. 

    As the weekend approaches, I keep bumping the temps up by 2 degrees a day. This week has been a real challenge resolving just how far north and east the warm air will settle. 

    While winter sports are taking another mid January hit, most people are glad we’re getting a break form that extreme cold weather this weekend. 

    The weekend here in the southeast will be generally cloudy with some sunny breaks in the afternoon and a few sunny breaks on Sunday too. Expect highs of -2 on Saturday and -6 on Sunday. 

    The closer you are to the international border, the brighter it will be for you on Saturday. We'll likely see some patchy fog in the south on Saturday morning. 

    For those looking for more snow, there’s a Colorado Low just missing us to the south Sunday and Monday.  

    As we head into next week, temps won’t be quite as warm but still above the seasonal average. 

    No big snow for southern Manitoba on the horizon. 

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

     

    Friday:  NW @ 10 this afternoon.  

    Saturday: Light Wind in the morning.   SW @ 10/15 in the afternoon.

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

    Monday: Light Wind in the morning.  Light Wind in the afternoon.

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