Saturday, February 16, 2013
Clipper system to bring snow and blowing snow over Red River valley Sunday night into Monday
An Alberta clipper system is forecast to track across southern Manitoba Sunday into Sunday night bringing a variety of weather conditions to the Red River Valley over the next 24 to 48 hours. In advance of the system Sunday, southerly winds will spread in milder air over the Red River valley with temperatures rising towards the freezing mark, along with a risk of ice pellets or freezing rain. As the system tracks east of Winnipeg Sunday evening, winds will shift into the north drawing in colder air with periods of snow developing Sunday night. In general, about 5 cm of snow is expected for Winnipeg Sunday night into Monday morning although up to 10 cm is possible if more persistent snow bands set up across the city. Of greater concern will be the increasing northerly winds Sunday night into Monday morning with gusts to 60 or 70 km/h expected, giving poor visibilities in snow and blowing snow throughout the Red River valley. Prepare for poor highway conditions Monday if you plan to travel. Conditions are expected to improve Monday afternoon into Monday evening as winds subside. The northerly winds will also be bringing in colder air Monday with temperatures falling into the mid minus teens and wind chills in the minus 20s. Sunny and cold but calmer weather is expected Tuesday into Thursday.
Posted by rob at 4:43 PM