News and views on weather in Winnipeg and Southern Manitoba
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Major warmup this weekend
The eagerly anticipated warmup has started to move into Alberta and SW Saskatchewan today with afternoon temperatures of +7C in Calgary, +3C in Edmonton, and -5C in Swift Current. The mild Pacific airmass will continue to spread across Saskatchewan on Friday with highs forecast to reach the freezing mark in Saskatoon and Regina.. a remarkable turnaround from Regina’s -40C reading earlier this morning. For southern MB, we can expect one more cold night tonight with lows around -30 (colder to the southeast), and windchills near -40.. then Friday will be a transition day as brisk southerly winds start to flush out the cold Arctic air. Temperatures will still be cold Friday, especially over the Red River valley and SEMB, gradually moderating into the minus teens by evening. Friday night, a weak system will drop through from northern MB giving us some light snow with steady or rising temperatures. On Saturday, a developing westerly flow will finally start to bring in some of that mild Pacific air into southern MB, with highs climbing into the minus single digits. Even milder conditions are expected Sunday through Tuesday with daily highs around the freezing mark. So make sure you’re stocked up on washer fluid.. a nice thaw is on the way, at least for a few a days. Colder conditions are likely by the middle to end of next week.