A warm front lies just to the west of Winnipeg this morning with temperatures near or above freezing from the western Red River valley to the SK border, including 0C at Dauphin and +2C in Boissevain. Southerly winds ahead of the front continue to maintain cold temperatures in the Red River valley with temperatures only near -10 in Winnipeg this morning. Just to our west however, temperatures have risen to -1C in Morden and 0c in Austin (west of Portage) where winds have shifted into the southwest behind the front. This warm front is expected to move through the Red River valley this afternoon, with westerly winds tapping mild air to the west and sending temperatures up to the freezing mark, or even above in some areas. Southerly winds are notorious for trapping cold air in the Red River valley during the winter.. we need a westerly flow here to scour out that cold valley air.
As for precipitation, freezing rain is falling in areas west and southwest of Winnipeg early this morning, with snow and ice pellets here in the city (only about 1 or 2 cm worth) This area of precipitation should move off this morning leaving dry and milder conditions for the afternoon.