It may look like winter outside today, but this week's forecast might have us forgetting what month we are in.
The normal high for Western Manitoba this time of year is -4 degrees. According to Environment Canada, daytime highs in the southwest part of Manitoba this week will stay warmer than that each day. In fact, beginning Tuesday, temperatures should hit zero degrees every day this week until Saturday.
"We have the placement of various low-pressure and high-pressure areas going to allow warm air to get into southern Manitoba," explains meteorologist Natalie Hasell. "And we see some very warm temperatures, especially by the end of the week."
The area could received about two centimetres of snow Monday night. Then Tuesday, the snow should end and the air warm up to a high of +2 degrees. Wednesday's high is zero and Hasell cautions that there is a chance of more precipitation Wednesday night. After a daytime high of +1 on Thursday, Environment Canada is calling for 9 degrees on Friday.
"I think this is a little too optimistic," admits Hasell.
She says if we still have snow on the ground on Friday, it will be really hard to climb above five degrees that day. And, considering daytime highs do not exceed +2 before Friday, yet overnight lows stay below the freezing mark, Hasell says that will make it tough to melt a lot of snow before Friday.
Having said that, with enough snowmelt, Hasell says nine degrees is within the realm of possibility for Friday. Should that happen, The Westman region would creep ever so close to the record high temperature on November 25th of 11.1 in Brandon in 1962.
Temperatures will peak on Friday and then return closer to normal on Saturday when the daytime high is -2. For Sunday, you can expect a mainly sunny sky and -7 degrees.
Hasell says there is not much wind in the forecast for this week, which should help prevent roads from turning icy when snow blows across. However, she notes the freeze-thaw cycle this week could be enough to create icy conditions. Also, any snow that falls tonight might quickly melt tomorrow, causing things to get slick.