A large ridge of Arctic high pressure over the Prairies will bring dry and cold weather over southern Manitoba to start the work week.. allowing some time to recover from Friday's wintery wallop. This high pressure ridge will dive southward into the US during the upcoming week, bringing unseasonably cold weather to the southern US Plains while helping to fuel a significant winter storm system that will affect a large part of the US midwest, Ohio valley and New England, as well as southern Ontario by mid week. Meanwhile, a return flow of milder Pacific air will spread over the western Prairies during the week, bringing a noticeable warming trend into southern MB for the middle to latter part of the week. The next threat of snow for Winnipeg and southern MB will be next weekend as another Alberta clipper tracks across southern MB bringing some snow, and a return to colder weather for next week.
It's too early to say how much snow the weekend's clipper will bring to the Red River valley.. these systems have had a history of bringing 5-10 cm to southern MB although Friday's more intense system brought 10-20 cm. These systems have helped to produce another month of above average snowfall in Winnipeg, with 44 cm recorded during the month, some 20 cm above normal. This has put the seasonal snowfall since Nov 1st to 115 cm in the city.. which is already an entire winter's worth of snow... with 2-3 months of additional snowfall to come. This winter is on pace to be the snowiest winter in Winnipeg since the winter of 1996-97 when 205 cm was recorded prior to the great Red River flood in the spring of 1997.