It was a chilly start to the day Thursday morning over southern Manitoba as an Arctic ridge of high pressure ushered in cold air over the province. In Winnipeg, early morning temperatures ranged from -19C over the north end of the city to -14C in the south (-17C at the airport) The satellite photo above clearly shows the swath of snow left over from Wednesday morning which dropped 2 to 5 cm from Riding Mountains to the east of Winnipeg. Snowcover was still evident in the north and east ends of the city this morning which helped to produce colder temperatures in those areas. Sunny skies and light winds are forecast today with temperatures rising to -6C this afternoon, well below the normal high of +2C this time of year.
The good news is that temperatures will be moderating over the next few days with a major warmup expected next week. Highs in the mid teens are expected to close out the month of March, which will rank as one of the top 10 mildest on record in Winnipeg.