And you thought spring had finally arrived in southern Manitoba. Ha!

Snow and below-freezing temperatures are pushing into the province over the next few days.

"As a matter of fact, Saturday looks rather unpleasant," CBC meteorologist John Sauder said about Winnipeg.

"Sunday, the skies are sunny with a high of only –2 C. The normal high is now 9 degrees and we won’t get even close to that number through the first half of next week."

Sauder is calling for an overnight low Sunday into Monday of –12 C and a daytime high on Monday of just –3 C.

Temperatures then plummet again to –14 C overnight with a high of –4 C on Tuesday.

A snowfall warning issued Friday by Environment Canada covers much of southwestern Manitoba, where up to 10 cm of snow is expected to fall from Friday evening into Saturday morning.

The amounts could be closer to 15 cm in the Swan River area, Sauder said.

For the province's south-central and southeastern areas, a special weather statement has been issued. Five to 10 cm of snow are possible in those areas.

"Precise snowfall amounts at this time are uncertain and will depend on surface temperatures and the exact track of the weather system," Environment Canada says.

The heaviest amounts are expected along and south of the Trans-Canada Highway.

Return of warmth

The daytime temperatures should move above the freezing mark by middle-to-late next week.

Sauder is calling for 7 C on Friday and then the real heat arrives on Saturday and Sunday.

He's saying the daytime highs those days should hit 12 C to 15 C.