There’s plenty of melting ahead

If you enjoy winter weather and getting outdoors to enjoy the snow, then you’d better take advantage of the next week. The weather models have been pointing toward a significant warming to begin near the end of this forecast period and if the models are correct most areas of agricultural Manitoba will be snow free by the middle of the month.

After seeing a period of fairly active weather over the last week or so, which brought with it some much-needed snowfall and moisture, the weather pattern looks as if it might be switching back to the same pattern that has dominated our weather for over half a year.

By Thursday of this week it appears the last in a long series of lows will depart to the East.

Behind this low we will see a short surge of cooler air before a developing upper ridge of high pressure to our west begins to push in. This ridge should bring many sunny skies over the weekend along with temperatures in the +5 C range.

Over the Pacific Northwest, the models show a large area of low pressure taking up residence during this period. This low will spin off a few pieces of energy that will move across the northern Prairies next week.

These lows, combined with a redeveloping ridge of high pressure over the west-central part of North America, will result in a fairly dry and mild flow to develop over southern and central regions.

Currently the weather models show temperatures pushing +10 C by late next week. If this should pan out, that would quickly bring an end to our snow cover.

Usual temperature range for this period: Highs, -11 to +3 C; lows, -25 to -7 C.

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Daniel Bezte

Daniel Bezte is a teacher by profession with a BA (Hon.) in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He operates a computerized weather station near Birds Hill Park.

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