January 2012 will be ending much like it began.. with temperatures well above normal. Today's sunshine and "cold" weather (which is actually still a bit above normal) will give way to increasing clouds this afternoon as a warm front approaches from the west. A band of snow ahead of the front (see morning radar image left) will push into Winnipeg/RRV this evening with 2 -4 cm of snow possible tonight. Brisk southeast winds will accompany the snow with some drifting and local blowing snow possible. Snow and wind will taper off by Monday morning with cloudy and milder conditions forecast during the day.
Another band of precipitation is expected by Monday night, with some more snow likely (perhaps another 2-4 cm) along with a risk of freezing rain. (See 48 hr precipitation graph left above from SpotWx.com showing output from last night's RGEM model)
Temperatures will continue well above normal Tuesday with highs near freezing. January 2012 will end up as Winnipeg's 3rd warmest January on record, with a chance of second place honours depending on how mild we get over the next couple of days.