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

  • John's Weather Journal January 3

    Well, it’s back to the frigid weather for a few days. High pressure sits right over southern Manitoba so skies are bright and winds are light, thankfully. 

    Highs all across the south will be between -20 and -22 today. 

    Thursday and Friday are on the cold side of normal but we do get milder again for the weekend. 

    It will be a great weekend to be outside and “embrace” winter. 

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

    Updated 7-Day Forecast

     
    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Wednesday:  NW @ 10 this afternoon.  

    Thursday: Light Wind in the morning.   E @ 10 in the afternoon.

    Friday: NE @ 10 in the morning.  SE @ 10 in the afternoon.

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

  • John's Weather Journal January 2

    Nice to get a bit of a break from the extremely cold weather. It’s a short break though. We are back into colder weather for the next few days. 

    Today, we warm up to a seasonally normal high of -13, but winds also pick up later today as another cold wedge of air sinks southward. Wind chill will be high again tonight. 

    A surface high is working into the eastern prairies once again so our daytime highs across the south will struggle to reach -20 on Wednesday. 

    The good news is, the surface high will sit right over southern Manitoba so winds will be fairly light through the day and the sky will be sunny. 

    Thursday and Friday are also on the cold side of normal but we do get milder again for the weekend. It will be a great weekend to be outside and “embrace” winter. 

    Updated 7-Day Forecast

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Tuesday:  NW @ 30/50 this afternoon.  

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

    Thursday: SE @ 10 in the morning.  E @ 10 in the afternoon.

    Friday: E @ 10 in the morning.   SE @ 15/20 in the afternoon.

  • John's Weather Journal December 29th

    Almost the entire province is in an Extreme Cold Warning this morning, with the exception of areas east of the Red River Valley and east of Lake Winnipeg. Still really cold there, just not quite warning criteria. 

    Temps across most of the south will stay in the mid minus 20s but the wind will pick up this afternoon and gust to 30 or 40. That puts us in the “stupid cold” range. I know, not an official meteorological term but you get the picture. 

    Saturday is actually colder with an afternoon high of -27 to -28 but winds are lighter. Expect morning temps on Saturday and Sunday right around -33 to -34. 

    Sunday’s high is -24 and, by the time we have fireworks at The Forks Sunday evening, the temperature should be around -28 with extreme wind chills once again. 

    It’ll be slightly milder on Monday and Tuesday but still well below the seasonal normals as we start the new year. 

    Looking at the long range guidance and I see a glimmer of hope for the next Saturday/Sunday time frame.

    Wind Forecast for Winnipeg

    Friday:  NW @ 25/40 this afternoon.  

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

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

    Monday: W @ 10 in the morning.   SW @ 15 in the afternoon.

  • 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.

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