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Forecast – for Dec. 23, 2010

It is looking more likely that this year’s holiday season will be a quiet one, at least weather-wise. The main weather maker during this period will be a large area of high pressure that is forecasted to take up residence over much of central North America.

High pressure will begin to build into our region on Wednesday. Farther south the weather models are showing a storm system moving by on Thursday but all indications are that this system will stay well to our south. Behind this storm system another region of high pressure is forecasted to push southwards. This high will bring main clear skies to pretty much all of Manitoba on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Fortunately for us this region of high pressure does not look like it will bring in terribly cold air. Daytime highs over Christmas will likely be around -10 C with overnight lows around -18 C.

The weather models do show an area of low pressure moving in from the West early next week. This system will likely bring increasing clouds with the chance of some flurries or light snow on Tuesday and Wednesday especially over western regions. The models are also pointing towards a storm system around New Year’s Eve but confidence that far out is pretty low.

Usual temperature range for this period: Highs:-20 to -3 C Lows:-30 to -13 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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