For people who suffer from seasonal allergies, this Manitoba winter isn't bringing any relief.

Usually, they can count on some respite in January, once there is snow cover on the ground. But that's not the case this year.

Allergy flare-ups usually seen the third week in September are being seen now.

A recurring cycle of melting and freezing, a lack of snow cover, and unusual above-normal temperatures are to blame, said Dr. Allan Becker, an expert in allergies and immunology at the University of Manitoba.

Typically, there are about three or four allergy consultations in the Winnipeg Children's Hospital emergency department between Christmas and now.

This year there has been 35, said Becker.

A thick blanket of snow on the ground is needed before allergy sufferers will get some relief, he said.