Temperatures will be on the slide as a low pressure system bringing unsettled weather today draws in cooler air behind it, plunging southern Manitoba into yet another spell of unseasonably cool weather.
Today will be a mainly cloudy day here in Winnipeg with rather pleasant temperatures – highs will be around 16 or 17°C – alongside a brisk southerly wind to 30–40km/h. The warmer temperatures are thanks to a strongly wound-up low pressure system lifting northwards near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. It will spread an area of rain through Manitoba, but the bulk of it should be isolated along the main deformation axis of the system, sliding northwards through SW Manitoba and Parkland Manitoba into the northern half of the province. Scattered showers will likely be seen through the Red River Valley, but it doesn’t seem like much organized precipitation will develop; as such, rainfall amounts should remain fairly low over the region.
Skies will remain mostly cloudy this evening with a chance for some shower activity continuing until around the middle of the night. Clearing will begin afterwards as we head to a low of around 5°C.
Thursday will actually be quite a pleasant day; most of the cloud cover should be off to our east leaving us with quite a bit of sunshine through the day as we head to a high once again around 16°C. By late afternoon, though, skies should begin to cloud up in advance of a potent shortwave barreling down in the northwesterly flow behind today’s system. Showers will develop under the shortwave as it progresses southeastwards with much of the Red River Valley seeing some amount of rainfall before 9PM or so. There is a slight chance of seeing some lightning or small hail in some of the shower activity if it manages to develop intensely enough.
A brief reprieve will be in store for the middle of the night, but more shower activity is expected to move through later overnight into Friday morning on the back-side of the shortwave. The temperature will dip to around 5°C.
Friday will start off cloudy with a few remnant showers from the shortwave pulling off to the east. The shower activity should move off relatively quickly, but there’s a slight chance things will linger a little longer if the shortwave stalls out over SE Manitoba. Afterwards we’ll be entrenched in a northwesterly flow with Arctic air spilling southwards into the province. Our temperature will top out around 10°C with some lake-effect drizzle/showers likely in the lee of the lakes.
The Arctic air mass moving in will be the coldest air mass of the season so far in Southern Manitoba. Temperatures will drop to 0–2°C on Friday night under mainly clear skies and a brisk northwesterly wind. Some areas will see cloud streaming off of the lakes, again though where that cloud goes will depend exactly on which way the wind blows.
Cool Weekend Ahead
This weekend will be a cool one as cold Arctic air entrenches itself over the province. Daytime highs will sit in the low teens with overnight lows in the low single digits, perhaps even dipping just below 0°C. Sunday may bring the chance for some shower activity pushing in from the east, but things look rather uncertain at this point.
The wind direction makes it look unlikely that the lake-effect activity will push into Winnipeg; keep in mind that which areas see lake-effect precipitation is extremely sensitive to wind direction. ↩