Strong winds, blowing snow as parts of Interlake, Red River Valley see winter storm warnings
Winds gust to 70 km/h this afternoon
John's Manitoba weather journal: Tuesday, Jan. 18
As of noon, I'm getting reports of 12 centimetres of snow in Island Lakes (Winnipeg) and 10 centimetres in Charleswood, but there is a last blast falling that will likely bring the totals up by a few centimetres.
The bigger story is the wind, as the centre of the low pressure passes to the east and the cold front swings through. Winds have now shifted to the northwest and are getting stronger, gusting to 50 km/h as visibility drops at the airport (one kilometre as of noon).
Expect gusts as high as 70 or 80 km/h this afternoon and visibility near zero in blowing snow. The pressure is now rising, which is an indication of the passage of the cold front. Temperatures are already falling from this morning's high and will continue to drop through the day to about –18 C by 4 p.m.
Winds stay rather gusty this evening and overnight, then drop off early on Wednesday.
Behind this storm system, there is another push of very cold air into southern Manitoba. Highs on Wednesday and Thursday are around –23 C and the coldest temperature of the week will be on Thursday morning, at –32 C.
There is another weak system scheduled for Friday that brings a brief warm up and some snow (two to three centimetres) along with gusty winds from the south in the morning and from the northwest in the late afternoon.
We'll be back into colder but brighter weather again on the weekend and into next week.
Tuesday: NW @ 40/70 in the afternoon. NW @ 30/50 overnight.
Wednesday: NW @ 20 in the morning. NW @ 20/30 in the afternoon..
Thursday: SW @ 10 in the morning. S @ 20/30 in the afternoon.
Friday: S @ 30/50 in the morning. Light in the mid aft. then NW @ 30/50 in the late afternoon.