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Forecast – for Dec. 2, 2010

It is finally starting to look like our current weather pattern which has brought well-above-average snowfalls to most of agricultural Manitoba is going to quiet down a little bit during this forecast period. As what looks to be the last in a series of storms pulls away to the east on Wednesday we should see weak high pressure build in bringing a mix of sun and clouds for the remainder of the week.

Interestingly this year, we have not seen the really big outbreaks of cold weather that usually follows these types of storm systems. This trend looks to continue this week with no really severe cold air in sight. High temperatures from Wednesday through to Sunday look like they will be in the -8 to -12 C range with overnight lows around -16 C. Over the weekend the weather models have been fairly persistent in bringing in a weak area of low pressure that may bring some light snow or flurries. While it doesn’t look like it will bring any significant snow the way things are going this year you just never know.

Arctic high pressure is then forecasted to push southwards into central and southern parts of Manitoba early next week. This will bring clear skies and colder conditions. We should expect temperatures to run closer to the bottom end of the usual temperature range during this period. Fortunately this high is expected to push through fairly quickly and we should see milder temperatures return later in the week. Along with the milder temperatures the models are hinting at a return to an active pattern with several chances of snow.

Usual temperature range for this period: Highs:-16 to 0 CLows:-27 to -9 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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