An icy, slippery and blustery Friday is in store as the impacts of the Colorado low which arrived yesterday continue to linger across Southern Manitoba. Northwesterly wind gusts up to 60 km/h are expected throughout today, alongside light snow, meaning blowing snow and reduced visibility will be a factor.
As of Friday morning, on your Killarney Tire Road Report, highways throughout Western Manitoba are ice covered.
"This Colorado low, at least for areas south of the Trans Canada highway, had more bark than bite," explained CMOS Accredited Weathercaster Chris Sumner. "It was a moisture filled system, but that didn't translate into significant snowfall or rainfall totals in our region. A few centimeters of snow, and a couple millimeters of rain before the precipitation transitioned to snow, is the general trend."
Speaking of that rain, before it turned to snow Thursday, a few DiscoverWestman rainwatchers were reported to us. The following totals are for Thursday, February 8th and are courtesy the Manitoba Ag Weather Network:
Wawanesa less than a millimeter
"The gusty conditions will last for much of the day, meaning blowing and drifting snow will be part of the morning and afternoon commute," noted Sumner. "As the system continues to move out of our region, a northwesterly flow is establishing aloft, meaning cooler air arriving, but I stress only relatively cooler than what we had. Daytime highs today through early next week will remain a few degrees above average for this time of February, ranging between -4 and -6. Surface high pressure will build in by Sunday, helping bring a return to sunshine which will be welcomed by many, I'm sure."
We're expecting a high of -6 today, which is still above average for this time of year, with the flurries tapering off by tonight, with winds also subsiding later today.