Issued: Monday, February 9, 2009 Covering: February 11 –February 18

Well, I guess I should have had more confidence in the weather models last week. The models showed a strong storm system making its way in from the Pacific and affecting our region during the first half of this week and that is exactly what happened.

After this messy start to the week it looks like it will take until at least Thursday for us to fully dry out. The weather models forecast a trough of low pressure to linger over southern and central Manitoba for much of this week. Once this trough finally moves off, it looks like we will see arctic high pressure build in over the holiday weekend.

This area of high pressure will bring mainly sunny skies along with cooler conditions. Fortunately this area of high pressure does not look like it will be brutally cold. We should see high temperatures in the -10 to -15C range, with overnight lows around -25C.

Sunny skies and seasonal temperatures should continue right into next week as high pressure settles into our region. This high should keep any storm systems well to our south but any shift in the high’s position, either northward or westward, could allow some clouds and maybe even some light snow to move into southern regions next Tuesday or Wednesday.

Usual temperature range for this period: Highs: -18 to -2C. Lows: -31 to -12C.

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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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