The first day of spring started off shrouded in fog warnings across most of southern Manitoba.

Foggy walk

The spire of the Esplanade Riel is hidden in Thursday morning's fog while the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, in the background, is nearly obscured entirely. (Gary Solilak/CBC)

An "extensive fog warning" from Environment Canada covered the entire southeast corner of the province and stretched up into the Interlake region.

​The fog was the result of warm daytime temperatures that melted snow combined with night time cooling, the weather agency said.

​​Visibility in many areas was reduced to 400 metres through the morning, and Winnipeg's skyline was almost indiscernible in the low-lying cloud.

Foggy morning

Winnipeg's downtown skyline is a washed-out blur early Thursday morning. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

By 8:30 a.m., the sun had burned the fog away from the city but the warning remained in place across southern Manitoba.

It was finally lifted just after 11 a.m.

Temperatures will rise again Thursday to above freezing, leaving a sloppy, melting mess as spring tries to nudge winter out like an unwanted house guest.

Weather map

The areas coloured red are under a fog warning. (Environment Canada)

But winter isn't leaving willingly. Below-normal temperatures will settle in once again when the weekend arrives.

CBC meteorologist John Sauder is calling for daytime highs of –12 C to ​–8 C from Friday through to Tuesday. The lows are expected to range from –​21 C to –​16 C.

More snow is also expected to start Thursday evening and fall overnight into Friday morning. It should clear up by afternoon but the forecast calls for more snow again on Monday.

Normal temperatures for this time of year are a high of 1 C and overnight low of –9 C.