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Clouds and Flurries on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:38 PM GMT on November 30, 2008

Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries this morning. The winds will be northerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) this afternoon. A high of -5C(23F) is predicted.
Tonight will bring clearing and an overnight low of -15C(5F).
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Updated: 2:21 PM GMT on December 01, 2008

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Clouds across the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:00 PM GMT on November 29, 2008

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 30% chance of flurries. There is the risk of freezing drizzle this morning. A high of -4C(24F) is forecast.
Tonight will remain cloudy with a 40% chance of flurries. An overnight low of -13C(8F) is expected.
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Updated: 2:37 PM GMT on November 30, 2008

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The Clouds Are Back

By: plapman, 3:14 PM GMT on November 28, 2008

Today will bring increasing cloudiness and a high of -4C(24F).
Tonight will start cloudy then changing to cloudy periods this evening. An overnight low of -11C(12F) is forecast.
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Updated: 2:59 PM GMT on November 29, 2008

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Sunshine on the Praire

By: plapman, 3:11 PM GMT on November 27, 2008

Today will sunny on the prairie with a westerly wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light this afternoon. A high of 0C(32F) is forecast.
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -12C(10F).
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I guess the road conditions are bad here. There was a warning on the radio that the highways are slippery and snow covered. That will make for a busy day for the local EMS.
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Updated: 3:14 PM GMT on November 28, 2008

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Sunshine and Warmth on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:45 PM GMT on November 26, 2008

Today will be sunny on the prairie with a high of 1C(34F).
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness and a 30% chance of flurries late this evening and overnight. The wind will become northwesterly at 20 km/h (12 mph) near midnight as the overnight low dips to -3C(26F).
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Updated: 3:11 PM GMT on November 27, 2008

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Sunshine on the Praire

By: plapman, 2:51 PM GMT on November 25, 2008

Today will be sunny with a south wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) that will become light near noon. A high of -1C(30F) is expected.
Tonight will start clear the see increasing cloudiness overnight. An overnight low of -9C(15F) is forecast.
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I should get the painting completed today. I think the flooring is going to wait for a while. I don't remember painting making the back, knees and other joints sore when I was younger. lol
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Updated: 3:44 PM GMT on November 26, 2008

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Another Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:47 PM GMT on November 24, 2008

Today will start with a few flurries ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. The wind will be northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) then becoming light near noon. A high of -6C(21F) is forecast.
Tonight will see cloudy periods and an overnight low of -12C(10F).
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The main painting on the honey-do list is complete. I just have the trim to do today. I guess tomorrow I'll tackle the flooring. The G Grandaughter's style is cramped as her play area is under wraps as the furniture is all moved to the center of the room. She's finding it pretty hard to find a place to practise her walking skills.
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Updated: 2:51 PM GMT on November 25, 2008

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A Virtual Heat Wave on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:40 PM GMT on November 23, 2008

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods. The wind will become northwesterly at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. A high of 0C(32F) is expected.
Tonight will bring increasing loudiness as the northwesterly flow continues at 20 km/h (12 mph). An overnight low of -7C(19F) is forecast.
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Abby got to do a bunny chase yesterday. I lost track of where she went till she came running from behind a building in hot pursuit of a white jack rabbit. She was doing good till the bunny took to the snow. Abby went head over heals when she hit the deeper snow.
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Updated: 2:47 PM GMT on November 24, 2008

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The Weekend on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:50 PM GMT on November 22, 2008

Today will bring increasing cloudiness this morning and a high of -5C(23F).
Tonight it will start clearing near midnight with an overnight low of -9C(15F).
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The queen has ordered the honydo list have an item checked off. Today I will be painting. I don't mind painting, it's the cleanup of the tools that gets me. lol
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Updated: 3:39 PM GMT on November 23, 2008

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Still Cold on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:55 PM GMT on November 21, 2008

Today will be sunny with a southerly wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. A high of -11C(12F) and a wind chill of -29 this morning is forecast.
Tonight will remain clear as the wind satys southerly at 15 km/h (9 mph). An overnight low of -19C(-2F) with a wind chill -25 is predicted.
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I donned the long johns for my walk with Abby yesterday. The cold doesn't seem to affect her, but she's runnung the whole hour that we're out. I sure that dog puts on 3 times the milage that I do.
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Updated: 2:48 PM GMT on November 22, 2008

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Coldest Night Yet This Season

By: plapman, 2:32 PM GMT on November 20, 2008

Today will bring flurries as the wind becomes northwesterly at 30 km/h (19 mph) near noon then light this afternoon. A high of -10C(14F) is forecast.
Tonight will see more cloudy periods and a 30% chance of flurries this evening. An overnight low of -22C(-8F) is expected.
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Updated: 2:55 PM GMT on November 21, 2008

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More Clouds on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:34 PM GMT on November 19, 2008

Today will be cloudy with a 40% chance of flurries this morning. The winds will be from the northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph). A high of -3C(26F) is forecast.
Tonight will see more cloudy periods plus a few flurries near the lake as he wind dissapates overnight. An overnight low of -12C(10F) is expected.
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Updated: 2:32 PM GMT on November 20, 2008

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The Clouds are Returning

By: plapman, 3:27 PM GMT on November 18, 2008

Today will start with cloudy periods then becoming cloudy this morning. The wind will be southerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) this morning. A high of -2C(28F) is forecast.
Tonight will bring clearing early this evening then increasing cloudiness overnight. The winds will shift to the northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) near midnight. An overnight low of -6C(21F) is expected.
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Updated: 2:34 PM GMT on November 19, 2008

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The Sun Came Back to the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:01 PM GMT on November 17, 2008

Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud with a 60% chance of flurries this morning. A high of -5C(23F) is forecast.
Tonight will start clear but then increasing cloudiness late this evening. The winds will become southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) overnight. An overnight low of -12C(10F) is in the offing.
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Me and Abby got some sunshine for our walk yesterday. It was nice to see shadows instaed of just white.
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Updated: 3:26 PM GMT on November 18, 2008

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Where has the Sun Gone

By: plapman, 2:11 PM GMT on November 16, 2008

Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries. The winds will be northwesterly at 20 km/h (12 mph) this afternoon. A high of -1C(30F) is predicted.
Tonight will see cloudy periodss with a 30% chance of flurries. The northwesterly flow at 20 km/h (12 mph) will become light overnight. An overnoight low of -13C(8F) is forecast.
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Updated: 2:00 PM GMT on November 17, 2008

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Clouds and Bad Cats on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:59 PM GMT on November 15, 2008

Today will be cloudy with a high of -4C(24F) forecast.
Tonight will remain cloudy with a few flurries beginning this evening. An overnight low of -8 C(17F) is predicted.
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Kramer is a bad cat. He wakes me every morning at around 6:30. I'm sure he wakes Abby also. She's never in her bed when I get up.
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Updated: 2:10 PM GMT on November 16, 2008

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Where has the Sun Gone

By: plapman, 3:16 PM GMT on November 14, 2008

Today will bring a few flurries ending this morning then cloudy with 30% chance of flurries. The is the risk of freezing drizzle. The winds will be from the northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph). The temperature will remain steady near -1C(30F).
Tonight will be cloudy as the northwesterly at 30 km/h (19 mph) become light overnight. An overnight low of -10C(14F) is forecast.
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Abby got pretty wet on our walk yesterday. She missed a car ride because of it. She sure has a disappointed look when I tell her she has to stay home when I leave.
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Updated: 1:58 PM GMT on November 15, 2008

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Cloudy and Damp on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:57 PM GMT on November 13, 2008

Today will be cloudy on the prairie with a 30% chance of rain showers or flurries this afternoon. The wind will b westerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph) then becoming light this afternoon. A high of 2C(36F) is forecast.
Tonight will remain cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries as the wind becomes northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) near midnight. An overnight low of -2C(28F) is expected.
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Updated: 3:15 PM GMT on November 14, 2008

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Clouds, Rain and Gophers on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:53 PM GMT on November 12, 2008

Today will becoming cloudy this morning with a southerly breeze at 20 km/h (12 mph). A high of 1C(34F) is forecast.
Tonight will remain cloudy with periods of rain beginning this evening. The southerly flow at 30 km/h (19 mph) will swing to the west at 30 km/h (19 mph) overnight. An overnight low of 0C(32F) is expected.
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I saw a gopher running on th snow yesterday. Abby missed the visual part but picked up the scent. She followed right to where it duck into its hole. I thought those critters would be napping for the winter by now.
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Updated: 2:56 PM GMT on November 13, 2008

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My Father was Wounded in WWII

By: plapman, 2:37 PM GMT on November 11, 2008

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods then becoming cloudy this afternoon with a 60% chance of freezing rain or flurries late this afternoon. The wind becoming south at 20 km/h (12 mph) near noon. A high of 0C(32F) is expected.
Tonight will be cloudy with a 60% chance of freezing rain or flurries early this evening. An overnight low od -2C(28F) is predicted.
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My father was shot in the stomach in the battle at the Gully on December 13, 1943 while serving with the Princess Patrica's Canadian Light Infantry.
He never returned to battle but was shipped back to England to recover.




On 10 July, 1943, 1st Canadian Infantry Division landed in Sicily as part of the 8th Army. The Patricia's were re-indoctrinated to war at Leonforte, their first WWII Battle Honour. Following the capture of Sicily by the Allies, the Regiment landed on Italy's Atoel on 4 September 1943. The first two months were spent advancing inland (northward) with the Regiment's progress slowed by demolished bridges and German rear guards. During December 1943, the Patricia's were heavily involved in the operations of
Villa Rogatti and the Gully, winning many individual and unit honours in the process, and spent Christmas in Ortona. The next major offensive came at the Hitler Line, west of Monte Cassino, in late May 1944 during the Allied advance to Rome. Towards the end of August, the Regiment moved back to the Adriatic and took part in the assaults on the Gothic Line, San Fortunato and Rimini. The rugged terrain and seemingly never ending river crossings had taken their toll; both in men and equipment

The Gully (Battle for Ortona, Italy)
The stubborn fighting withdrawal was bought for the Germans to create a heavily fortified system of defensive lines intended to check the Allies well south of Rome and hold them in place through the winter of 1943-44.
Dubbed the Gustav Line, it hinged on Monte Cassino, a
1,700-foot-high mountain looming over the town of Cassino, in the west and the Sangro River in the east. On Nov. 28, the British began forcing a crossing of the Sangro River. Casualties were high; the Germans withdrew only grudgingly to a new line behind the Moro River. The Canadians took over the night of Dec. 5-6.
Heavy rains had turned the landscape into a boggy quagmire and the rugged terrain, thick olive groves, and vineyard wires rendered support of infantry by tanks virtually impossible. The Canadians kicked off on Dec. 6 with an assault across the Moro River on three fronts. Only the PPCLI made any headway, capturing Villa Rogatti. This attack, however, was supposed to have been a diversionary effort and, when the Royal Cdn. Engineers determined
it would be impossible to construct a bridge across the river below Villa Rogatti, the battalion was withdrawn. A firm bridgehead was finally established across the river at San Leonardo by Dec. 9. A quick advance to the Ortona-Orsogna lateral road, forcing a withdrawal from Ortona, was expected, but 1st Cdn. Div. found itself bogged down in front of a deep, narrow defile they respectfully nicknamed The Gully.

Repeated frontal assaults by one battalion after another were cut to pieces. Then on the night of Dec. 14-15, the Royal 22nd Regiment (Van Doos) managed to outflank The Gully to the west.
The 81 men of Captain Paul Triquet’s C Company and seven tanks of the Ontario Regt. fought their way down the road behind The Gully toward a farmhouse called Casa Berardi. At one point the tiny force was driven to ground by stiff resistance based around a Mark IV tank. Sergeant J.P. Rousseau grabbed a PIAT (Projector Infantry Anti-Tank) gun, crept up close to the tank, and fired an anti-tank bomb that pierced the tank’s armour and detonated its
ammunition. He earned a Military Medal.

Still the battle raged and when the rapidly dwindling ranks of C Co. wavered, Triquet urged them on. “The safest place for us is the objective,” he declared. At 1430 hours the Van Doos cleared the house. Triquet had just 14 men left and only four tanks remained operational. But The Gully was turned and Triquet was the first Canadian in Italy to earn a Victoria Cross. It took another four days, however, for the badly depleted Canadian battalions to finally seize the vital Cider Crossroads junction, after which the Germans withdrew from The Gully into the streets of Ortona.

Finally, on Dec. 20, the Loyal Edmonton Regt. and the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada fought their way into the outskirts of Ortona and became locked in a vicious house-to-house battle the German 1st Parachute Division refused to break off. The Canadians passed a grim Christmas in and around Ortona with no pause in the fighting. Somehow in the midst of the carnage, the Seaforth’s quartermaster and headquarters staff organized a sumptuous dinner for the line troops that was served in a church on the town’s
southern edge. One by one the companies were withdrawn to the church, served dinner, and then returned to the battle lines. The Edmontons had no such reprieve. Private Melville McPhee did receive two bottles of beer and a few slices of cold pork. He drank the beer slowly, not knowing when another such pleasure might be his.

Not until the night of Dec. 28 did the fight for Ortona end when the Germans quietly slipped away. The December fighting cost 2,605 Canadian casualties, including 502 killed. There were also 3,956 evacuations for battle exhaustion and 1,617 for sickness, out of a total Canadian strength at the beginning of December of about 20,000. First Cdn. Inf. Div. required a long period of rebuilding after Ortona. It had, however, mauled two German divisions–90th Panzer Grenadiers and 1st Parachute Div.–and achieved its objective.

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Updated: 2:52 PM GMT on November 12, 2008

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No Traces Found of Missing Women

By: plapman, 1:47 PM GMT on November 10, 2008

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods with a 30% chance of flurries this morning. A high of -7C(19F) is forecast.
Tonight will see cloudy periods then becoming cloudy near midnight. An overnight low of -9C(15F).
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Weekend Search Finds No Trace Of Women © Portageonline.com

Another week of searching has turned up no sign of Amber McFarland or Jennifer Catcheway.
Manitoba Search and Rescue spent the weekend in the field around Portage, and Operations Manager George Leonard says the concentrated on small areas of interest they want to rule out, using canine units and trained searchers.

He won't reveal where those areas are,so they won't be disturbed by groups searching on their own.

Leonard stresses individuals searching on their own isn't a big problem for MSAR, but they're not trained in search techniques, and could miss something.

He adds this week will see similar search efforts as last week.
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Abby got stuck in the snow again yesterday but she did get to give a bunny chase. She'll never catch one in the snow for sure.
Stuck in the Snow


Chasing Bunnies


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Updated: 2:35 PM GMT on November 11, 2008

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Snows Shoes for a Dog

By: plapman, 2:39 PM GMT on November 09, 2008

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 30% chance of flurries this morning. A high of -4C(24F) is forecast.
Tonight will see cloudy periods and an overnight low of -11C(12F).
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I'll have to get Abby 2 pair of snowshoes. She weny running into a ditch yesterday and sunk in a drift. She had quite a times getting back up to higher ground and less snow. lol
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Updated: 1:46 PM GMT on November 10, 2008

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Snow on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:43 PM GMT on November 08, 2008

Today will start with a few flurries ending this morning then cloudy with sunny periods. The wind will be from the north at 30 km/h (19 mph). A high of -4C(24F) is forecast.
Tonight will see cloudy periods as the north wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light this evening. An overnight low of -10C(14F) is expected.
It looks like the snow is here for a while as the long range forecast shows no temps above freezing.
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I gace the new snowblower its first run yesterday. A lot more power than the old one for sure. I used to be able to do the drive between houses by blowing the snow towards the neighbors home. I tried yesterday and it ends up on his roof. Now I have to move it ahead and then to the side.
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Updated: 2:38 PM GMT on November 09, 2008

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Black and White on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:33 PM GMT on November 07, 2008

Today will see snow with 5 cm(2.0 in) accumulating. The wind will be from the north at 30 km/h (19 mph). The temperature will remain steady near -3C(26F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries. The winds will remanin northerly at 30 km/h (19 mph). An overnight low of -5C(23F) is forecast.
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Yesterday I took Abby on a short walk to do her business. We stopped and I heard a cracking noise. I looked behind me and a 12 inch box elder had blown over. Luckily it fell away from me.
Theres about 15cm (6 inches) of snow on the ground today. The TransCanada highway was closed last night for a short time. I guess I'll get to give the new snowblower a run today.


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Updated: 2:39 PM GMT on November 08, 2008

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A Winter Storm Watch on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:41 PM GMT on November 06, 2008

Today will see rain changing to snow late this afternoon. Rainfalls will amount to 5 mm(0.2 in). The winds will be northerly at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) as the temperature hovers near 0C(32F).
Tonight will see this years first snow with 5 to 10 cm(2.0 to 3.9 in) expected as the winds remain northerly at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). An overnight low of -3C(26F) is forecast.
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Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman
4:21 AM CST Thursday 6 November 2008
Winter storm watch for
Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman continued
Rain changing to wet snow with strong winds expected today into Friday.

The potential for severe winter weather exists over these regions.

A intense Colorado low continues to intensify and track slowly northeastward through the Dakotas today. This will give a significant weather event to southern Manitoba today and Friday with rain, snow, and gusty winds.

A few showers and flurries have already moved out ahead of this system and into southern Manitoba. However, the strongest precipitation is currently occurring in North Dakota and will move into southern Manitoba through the day. This precipitation will continue to fall as rain today for southeastern Manitoba and most of the Red River Valley including the City of Winnipeg. Further rainfall amounts of 10 to 20 mm are likely. However, this precipitation will fall as snow today and tonight in southwestern Manitoba due to slightly cooler air there. The heaviest snow will limited to the area along the Manitoba escarpment where snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm are generally expected but local amounts may be higher.

As this system progresses through Minnesota, a strong northerly wind will develop over southern Manitoba ushering in somewhat colder air. As a result, the falling precipitation will turn to snow tonight for the Red River Valley, and Friday morning for southeastern Manitoba. Snow fall amounts will be quite variable depending on how soon the rain changes to snow. Generally 5 to 10 cm of snow is expected but it is possible that up to 15 cm could fall. With temperatures hovering so close to the freezing mark today and tonight, there exists some uncertainty with the timing of the change from rain to snow which will affect the final snowfall amounts. In addition, freezing rain is possible during the transition from rain to snow, and the strong northerly winds will give blustery conditions with the falling snow.

The snow and wind will taper off late Friday as this system tracks into Ontario.
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Updated: 3:32 PM GMT on November 07, 2008

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Winter Storm Watch for the prairie

By: plapman, 1:50 PM GMT on November 05, 2008

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 40% chance of showers early this morning. The winds will be northerly at 30 km/h (19 mph). A high of 7C(45F) is forecast.
Tonight will bring periods of rain with accumulations of 5 to 10 mm(0.2 to 0.4 in). The northerly flow at 30 km/h (19 mph) will continue. An overnight low of 0C(32F) is exepected.
Severe Weather Bulletin
issued by Environment Canada
at 10:15 am CST Wednesday 5 November 2008.
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Watches/warnings in effect for southern Manitoba...

Winter Storm Watch for:
=new= City of Winnipeg
=new= Steinbach - St. Adolphe - Dominion City - Vita - Richer
=new= Selkirk - Gimli - Stonewall - Woodlands - Eriksdale
=new= Dugald - Beausejour - Grand Beach
=new= Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman
=new= Morden - Winkler - Altona - Emerson - Morris
=new= Bissett - Nopiming Provincial Park - Pine Falls
=new= Brandon - Carberry - Treherne
=new= Killarney - Pilot Mound - Manitou
=new= Ste. Rose - Mccreary - Alonsa - Gladstone
=new= Arborg - Hecla - Fisher River - Gypsumville - Ashern
=new= berens river - Little Grand Rapids - bloodvein - atikaki.

Rain changing to wet snow, strong winds and ice pellets
expected Thursday into Friday.

The potential for severe winter weather exists over these
regions.

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==Discussion==
a potent Colorado low continues to intensify and track slowly
northeastward. This storm system currently over southern South
Dakota will move very slowly northeastward thus an extended period
of preciptation can be expected over southern Manitoba. A few
showers out ahead of this system will spread across southern
Manitoba today and this evening. More widespread precipitation is
expected across the region tonight as this system approaches. A wide
variety of precipitation can be expected with rain on Thursday from
the Red River eastward with rain fall amounts of 25 to 45 mm likely.
Wet snow is expected over western areas as strong northerly winds on
the back side of this system Ushers in colder air. There will be a
narrow band of ice pellets or freezing rain in the transition area
between the rain and wet snow over the western Red River valley
Thursday morning and over the Eastern Valley Thursday evening. Snow
fall amounts will be quite variable as well depending on how soon
the rain changes to snow but current estimates indicate 10 to 15 cm
of snow is possible over central areas of southern Manitoba.
The relatively warm ground and compacting of snow may affect
the actual snowfall accumualtion. The snow will gradually taper
off Friday afternoon as this system tracks away from the region. In
addition, strong northerly winds gusting to 70 km/h will develop on
Thursday and persist Thursday night. The combination of the falling
snow and strong winds will create poor visibilities in blowing
snow over open areas.

A Winter Storm Watch is an alert of the potential development of
severe winter weather. Persons in or near these areas should be
prepared for developing adverse weather conditions and should listen
for updated watches and possible warnings.



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Updated: 2:40 PM GMT on November 06, 2008

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The Search Expands as the Nice Weather Wanes

By: plapman, 3:15 PM GMT on November 04, 2008

Today will start with cloudy periods then becoming sunny this morning.The southwesterly winds at 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph) will become light this afternoon. A high of 14C(57F) is expected.
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness the rain beginning near midnight. An overnight low of 3C(37F) is forecast.
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Search expanding to Assiniboine River ©Portage Daily Graphic


Searchers will examine more of the Assiniboine River for signs of two missing Portage la Prairie women as routine, annual maintenance is done on the city's fresh water intake.

Lori McFarland, mother of Amber McFarland, 24, missing since Oct. 18, said a select group of volunteer searchers will examine the area near the one lane bridge south of Portage as the Assiniboine River will be held back Tuesday for regular annual maintenance of the city's water works. They will look for signs of both Amber and Jennifer Catcheway, 18, missing since June 19.

Tuesday will also see an aerial search by a local aviation firm that has donated flight time and an aircraft, conducted in tandem with the horseback search, McFarland said.

During this past weekend's massive search, which saw more than 1,500 people from across Manitoba and parts of Saskatchewan come out, a few items were found, such as cellphones, running shoes, cosmetics and socks, but none of them were tagged as being significant.

"We had a family member at the command centre at all times," McFarland said.

The Manitoba Search and Rescue Association, which organizes the searches, spent Monday at its home base in Winnipeg going over what areas have been searched, trying to figure out the next step, said George Leonard, who has headed up the searches so far.

The group has been collecting a lot of different information, including the sand hills south of Portage being a possible place to look next, he noted.

"If it comes up to be a target, it'll be a target," Leonard said.

Whether or not there will be another search this weekend, Leonard couldn't say as of Monday

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Updated: 1:50 PM GMT on November 05, 2008

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Another Bonus Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:30 PM GMT on November 03, 2008

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods as the wind becomes southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. A high of 15C(59F) is expected.
Tonight will bring clearing with an overnight low of 5C(41F).
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No Results From Search ©Portageonline.com

Three days of searching ended last night with no sign of Amber McFarland or Jennifer Catcheway.
Manitoba Search and Rescue was joined by hundreds of volunteers over the weekend looking for the missing Portage women.

MSAR Operations Manager George Leonard says they'll do some aerial searches this week, check some other areas that haven't been searched, and close the diversion gates so parts of the Lake Manitoba shoreline can be examined

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The S word shows up in the long range forecast. Thursday and Friday it looks like we'll see our first taste of the white stuff.
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Updated: 3:14 PM GMT on November 04, 2008

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Fall Lingers on on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:40 PM GMT on November 02, 2008

Todaywill be sunny with a high of 12C(54F) expected.
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness and an overnight low of 4C(39F).
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Searchers Come Up Empty ©Portageonline.com

After two days of intensive searching in the Portage area, no trace of Amber McFarland and Jennifer Catcheway has been found.
Manitoba Search and Rescue Operations Manager George Leonard says 500 people were out yesterday, covering a lot of ground.

They'll pick up where they left off today, tackling rest spots, some roads south of the city, and major trails. Horse and quad searchers will look after the trails.

Leonard adds if they're unsuccessful in locating the women, the search will continue.

He hopes today's good weather will bring out more volunteers. If you want to help, go Portage Alliance Church.
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Updated: 2:29 PM GMT on November 03, 2008

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Weekend Search Under Way

By: plapman, 2:46 PM GMT on November 01, 2008

Today will bring increasing cloudiness as the wind becomes southerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) early this afternoon. A high of 11C(52F) is forecast.
Tonight, there will be clearing at the wind from the southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light this evening. An overnight low of 1C(34F) is forecast.
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Weekend Search Under Way ©Portageonline.com

The large scale, three-day search for Amber McFarland and Jennifer Catcheway began yesterday, and continues until Sunday evening.
Hundreds of volunteers are combing the Portage area for traces of the two women.

Manitoba Search and Rescue Operations Manager George Leonard characterizes todays effort as huge. They plan to cover a lot of area at Dakota Tipi and Dakota Plains first nations.

Leonard notes about 150 searchers are spending today in areas north of the city.

More volunteers are needed for the final two days of the search. If you can help, be at the Alliance Church by 10 am.

The church thanks the community for food donations, but says they have as much as they need. However, they can still use donations of water.
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Updated: 1:38 PM GMT on November 02, 2008

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