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

    John's Weather Journal November 17

    No warnings in effect for northern Manitoba as of noon but there is a snowy system heading into the north tonight into Wednesday morning. There are warnings in effect for northern Alberta and northern Saskatchewan for 10-15 cm of snow. That system will likely be dropping snow by Wednesday morning from Lynn Lake SE through Thompson. That band of snow moves north and east through the day on Wednesday. 
    Snow across the north early Wednesday
    Here in the south, temps will warm up into Wednesday morning as winds get gusty overnight tonight. Expect highs on Wednesday in the 5 to 6 degree range in the afternoon. 
    A separate clipper heads across the southern prairies on Thursday and will likely drop 1-2 cm of snow across southern Manitoba later in the day. For snow lovers, that's probably not enough of white gold. I do see a hint in some of the forecast models of a more significant snowfall around Tuesday next week, likely late in the day. I'll keep you posted on the timing and track of that one. If it misses the Red River Valley, it will miss to the north and move through central Manitoba. 
    John's 7-Day Forecast
    Tuesday: SE @ 15/20 this afternoon. 
    Wednesday:  SE @ 30/50 in the morning. S @ 20/30 in the afternoon. 
    Thursday: NW @ 15/30 in the morning.  S @ 10 in the afternoon. 
    Friday: NW @ 20/40 in the morning.  W @ 10/15 in the afternoon.
  • John's Weather Journal November 16

    Sure felt like winter early this morning with a 7am airport temp of -16 degrees. Our high today will be chilly at -5. The normal high in the Winnipeg region is now -2 degrees. If you like sunshine, it's a great day out there. 
    The story this week is the upper level ridge that will influence a warm up by Wednesday. For this part of the prairies, you'll notice a south wind picking up on Tuesday evening and staying strong overnight into Wednesday morning. Our Wednesday afternoon high will be in the 5 to 6 degrees range here in the Red River Valley, even milder to the west. 
    We will cool off to seasonal again on Thursday. 
    I don't see much snow in my forecast for the south over the coming week. Perhaps a few flurries on Sunday, but that's it!
    For the Thompson region, expect some snow on Tuesday night and through the day Wednesday. 
    John's 7-Day Forecast
    Monday: NW @ 20/40 this afternoon. 
    Tuesday:  Light Wind in the morning. SE @ 15/20 in the afternoon. 
    Wednesday: S @ 30/50 in the morning.  S @ 20/30 in the afternoon. 
    Thursday: W @ 10/15 in the morning.  S @ 10/20 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal November 10

    As expected, a brighter day today across most of the south and winds are light so, if you are dressed for the cooler temps, it's pretty pleasant out there. 
    There is quite a contrast between the upper trough in the west and the upper ridge in the east. Temps are cold in the west, feeling like the dead of winter in some places. In southern Ontario, temps are in the low 20s making it feel more like late summer. 
    Upper Trough West - Upper Ridge East
    I'm tracking a weak disturbance that will likely spread a little bit of snow on us Wednesday night into Thursday morning. I'm not expecting much accumulating snow with that system. Then, after a chilly Thursday, we start to warm up again toward the weekend.
    John's 7-Day Forecast
    Tuesday: NE @ 10 this afternoon. 
    Wednesday:  SE @ 10 in the morning. NE @ 10 in the afternoon. 
    Thursday: W @ 20/30 in the morning.  NW @ 20/30 in the afternoon. 
    Friday: S @ 10 in the morning.  SE @ 25/40 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal November 9

    I'll start with a brief look back at the winter storm that hit Saskatchewan and central Manitoba this weekend. One of the unique things about this intense Colorado Low was the extremely warm conditions in the warm sector.  It was a record breaking day temperature-wise in much of southeastern Manitoba and the Red River Valley. Temps were as high as 20.3 degrees in Emerson and Dominion City, and 19.2 here in Winnipeg which broke the old record of 17.5 set in 1999. Pinawa, Pine Falls and Sprague also posted record highs. 
    You didn't have to go very far to see that temperature drop by 20 degrees. There was a very tight thermal gradient to the west. Freezing rain was reported in these locations:  Durban: 15mm . Also in Berens River, Brandon, Dauphin, Macgregor, Norway House, Sandy Lake, and Thompson.
    Winds were also very strong western Manitoba, gusting to almost 80 km/h.
    In Saskatchewan, most of the deep snow was west and north of Regina where Saskatoon picked up 31 cm just on Sunday. Kindersley received 48 cm over the 2 day period.
    We are certainly cooler today all across southern Manitoba with temps steady or falling slightly to about -6 by this afternoon in Winnipeg.
    I'm tracking a weak disturbance that will likely spread a little bit of snow on us Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Then, after a chilly Thursday, we start to warm up again toward the weekend.
    John's 7-Day Forecast
    Monday: W @ 30/50 this afternoon. 
    Tuesday:  NW @ 10/15 in the morning. N @ 10 in the afternoon. 
    Wednesday: SE @ 10 in the morning.  S @ 15/25 in the afternoon. 
    Thursday: W @ 20/30 in the morning.  NW @ 20/30 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal November 5

    This very low level cloud over southern Manitoba really changes the potential high temp today. I have shaved 5 degrees off that original 16 and now I think even 11 degrees is doubtful unless we see some sunshine. 
    There are currently (as on 11am) weather warnings across central Manitoba for snowfall up to 15 cm and a band of freezing rain that extends from Swan River across to Poplar River in the east.  Highways in that part of the province will be slippery. 
    That weather is not part of the approaching Colorado Low system scheduled for this weekend.  Most of us across southern Manitoba will be spared the brunt of that storm. Most of the snow and blizzard conditions will be in Saskatchewan on Sunday. I'm talking 30-50 cm of snow and winds gusting to 80 km/h near Moose Jaw and Regina. Not a good weekend to go on a driving trip to visit people there. .  
    From Dauphin NE across the top end of the lakes, we are looking at a period of freezing rain on Sunday followed by 20-30 cms of snow late Sunday and into Monday. Winds will also getting very gusty behind this system on Sunday night. 
    We can all look forward to cooler weather next week as this system exits to the northeast. 
    Weather Alert for central Manitoba - Thursday Mid Day
    John's 7-Day Forecast
    Wind Forecast For Winnipeg:
    Thursday: S @ 30/40 this afternoon. 
    Friday:  NE @ 10/15 in the morning. NE @ 30/40 in the afternoon. 
    Saturday: N @ 20/30 in the morning.  NE @ 15/20 in the afternoon. 
    Sunday: NE @ 15/20 in the morning.  N @ 20/30 in the afternoon.

    John's Weather Journal November 4

    The warmth continues as we pass my forecast high for today - at noon! It's already 15 degrees. 
    This mild spell is being extended into the weekend as well. I now have Saturday at 8 degrees and Sunday at 12 at least. 
    Yesterday, I talked about the track of a Colorado Low heading into the eastern prairies and how it was looking like more of a westerly track. Today, there is a lot more agreement between the forecast models on that westerly track which means a significant blizzard for southern Saskatchewan and parts of central Manitoba.
    The Red River Valley and much of southern Manitoba will be spared the worst of it, likely getting some rain on Sunday and some snow on Monday afternoon, but not much at all. 
    From Dauphin NE across the top end of the lakes, we are looking at a period of freezing rain on Sunday followed by 20-30 cms of snow late Sunday and into Monday. Winds will also getting very gusty behind this system on Sunday night. 
    We can all look forward to cooler weather next week as this system exits to the northeast. 
    Canadian model showing snow (blue) and rain (green) on Sunday
    John's 7-Day Forecast
    Wind Forecast For Winnipeg:
    Wednesday: SW @ 20/30 this afternoon. 
    Thursday:  SE @ 10 in the morning. S @ 30 in the afternoon. 
    Friday: SW @ 10 in the morning.  N @ 15/20 in the afternoon. 
    Saturday: N @ 20/30 in the morning.  NE @ 20/30 in the afternoon.
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