Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Beautiful fall weather to close out September and begin October. Unsettled weather returns next week with colder conditions by Thanksgiving weekend

Lovely fall weather will finally prevail over Winnipeg and the RRV over the next few days as a sprawling high pressure ridge brings sunny and milder weather into southern Manitoba. Today will see plenty of sunshine and light winds.. a pleasant change from the cloudy, cool and blustery conditions over the last couple of days.  And the good news is that this pleasant fall weather is expected to continue through the weekend into early next week with generally sunny skies, and above normal temperatures near the 20C mark. Unfortunately, it looks like the ideal weather will be giving way to more unsettled conditions next week, as a strong low pressure system organizes in the western US and tracks towards southern Manitoba. This system will likely bring rain back into our area next Tuesday through Thursday, with much cooler conditions expected by late week into Thanksgiving weekend behind the system. In fact, model guidance is suggesting highs only in the single digits over Thanksgiving weekend with a killing frost possible.            

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Summery start to September to give way to cooler wetter conditions over Labour Day weekend

September is off to a beautiful start over southern Manitoba with sunshine, balmy breezes and summerlike temperatures in the upper 20s (and even low 30s over western MB)  Friday will see another warm summerlike day, although winds will be quite gusty, especially in the Red River valley (including Winnipeg) where southerly winds gusting to 60 -70 km/h are expected by afternoon. Not the best bike riding weather if you're heading south!  Friday night, a weak front will push through southern Manitoba with a small chance of thunderstorms, leading to partly sunny skies Saturday and temperatures in the mid 20s. Clouds are expected to increase Saturday afternoon with a few showers likely by evening as a cold front pushes through. Sunday looks cooler and unsettled at this point as a low pressure system over the Dakotas rides up along the cold front and spreads an area of steady rain over much of southern Manitoba by the afternoon into the evening. This could be quite a soaking rainfall for many areas, with rainfall amounts of 20-40 mm possible Sunday afternoon into Monday morning. Rainfall should ease off Monday morning leaving cloudy and cool conditions Labour day Monday.  The rest of the week looks generally cooler than normal with temperatures in the upper teens.. a taste of fall as the kids head back to school!