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Cool Winds on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:14 PM GMT on December 28, 2009

Today will be sunny on the prairie with a north wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) then becoming light this afternoon. A high of -14C(6F)is expected. The wind chill will be near -31 this morning.
Tonight will see cloudy periods and an overnight low of -19C(-2F).
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Updated: 3:21 PM GMT on December 28, 2009

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A Cool High Replacing the Snowy Low on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:51 PM GMT on December 27, 2009

Today will bring increasing cloudiness early this morning as the north wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light early this morning. A high of -4C(24F) is forecast.
Tonight will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries this evening then clearing overnight. The wind becoming north 20 km/h (12 mph) this evening. The overnight low will dip to -22C(-8F) with a wind chill of -29.
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I got my drive cleared yesterday with the help of a neighbor who drove me to Canadian tire and I picked up a replacement belt and had it installed in 1/2 hour. Though not the belt recommended by the manufacturer it lasted for 3/4 of the job and got me mobile again. I just have to clear the visitor stall today.
The Queen of the Prairie picked me up a belated Christmas gift. I'm now the pround owner of a new Canon SX20 IS. It will replace my aging S3 IS.
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Updated: 3:06 PM GMT on December 28, 2009

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Still Snowbound on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:50 PM GMT on December 26, 2009

Today will bring periods of snow and blowing snow with another 2 to 4 cm(0.8 to 1.6 in). The wind from the north at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) is making driving treacherous. Todays high will be near -7C(19F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries. The north wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light this evening as the overnight low drops to -11C(12F).
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I' still stuck at home. I haven't bothered to try and move the snow as it will just blow back into the driveway. Monday I'm going to have to get out to get the much needed part for the snowblower.
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Updated: 1:48 PM GMT on December 27, 2009

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Merry Christmas From the Northern Edge

By: plapman, 4:23 PM GMT on December 25, 2009

Today in short SNOW with 5 to 10 cm(2.0 to 3.9 in). Blowing snow this afternoon with a northeast wind at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). The high is expected to be near -6C(21F).
Tonight will see periods of snow and blowing snow with another 5 cm(2.0 in) expected. The northeast wind at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) will continue as the low drops to -10C(14F).
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I really don't need all of this white stuff. Yesterday at about 4:30 while clearing the first layer of snow from my driveway I broke a belt on the snowblower. Such a thing is impossible to find on Christmas eve. It looks like I'm stuck in the yard till I can get a new belt on Monday.
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Updated: 1:49 PM GMT on December 26, 2009

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More White for Christmas on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:32 PM GMT on December 24, 2009

Today will bring periods of snow with 5 cm(2.0 in) accumulating and a high of -4C(24F).
Tonight will see another 2 cm(0.8 in) of snow and an overnight low of -9C(15F).
There's more snow predicted for tomorrow but the main part of the storm will track to the south of Manitoba with the northern states getting up to 50 cm (18in).
Be careful what you wish for in a white Christmas. :-)
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A White Christmas for the Northern Edge

By: plapman, 1:29 PM GMT on December 23, 2009

Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries. There will be periods of snow beginning late this afternoon as the high reaches -4C(24F).
Tonight will bring more snow with 5 cm(2.0 in) expected. The overnight low is forecast to be -7C(19F).



Special Weather Statement issued for regions of southern Manitoba by
Environment Canada at 4:29 am CST Wednesday 23 December 2009.


Special Weather Statement issued for..
City of Winnipeg
Steinbach - St. Adolphe - Dominion City - Vita - Richer
Selkirk - Gimli - Stonewall - Woodlands - Eriksdale
Dugald - Beausejour - Grand Beach
Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman
Morden - Winkler - Altona - Emerson - Morris
Whiteshell - Lac Du Bonnet - Pinawa
Sprague - Northwest Angle Provincial Forest
Brandon - Carberry - Treherne
Killarney - Pilot Mound - Manitou
Melita - Boissevain - Turtle Mountain Provincial Park.

..strong winter storm system may impact southern Manitoba for the Christmas holidays..

A potent winter storm developing over the southern plain states today will track northeast towards Iowa by Christmas day bringing a large area of snow towards the Canadian border. The heaviest snow and strongest winds from this system will likely remain south of the border through the holidays but there is the potential for a prolonged period of snow over portions of southern Manitoba from Thursday into Saturday. Snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are possible
over the 3 day period especially near the American and Ontario borders.

There is still considerable uncertainty in how this storm system will impact southern Manitoba. Watches and warnings may be issued once the evolution of this storm becomes clearer. Note that winter storm watches and warnings have been issued for much of Minnesota and North Dakota in advance of this storm system. Travellers should be aware of the potential for travel disruptions over the Christmas
Holiday due to this impending winter storm especially south of the border.

In advance of this system a low pressure trough over southern Saskatchewan today will bring a band of snow into southern Manitoba this afternoon into tonight and Thursday. About 5 to 10 cm of snow is possible with this system before it stalls and weakens over southern Manitoba Thursday.

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Updated: 1:31 PM GMT on December 24, 2009

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Normal Temps for the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:33 PM GMT on December 22, 2009

Today start with a few clouds then becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning with a high near -9.
Tonight will see cloudy periods then becoming cloudy near midnight with a low of -14.
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Updated: 1:28 PM GMT on December 23, 2009

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Clouds and Sunshine on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:25 PM GMT on December 21, 2009

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods then clearing early this afternoon with a high of -10C(14F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -18C(0F).
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Updated: 1:32 PM GMT on December 22, 2009

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Still Mild on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:26 PM GMT on December 20, 2009

Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries this afternoon and a high near -5C(23F).
Tonight will bring clearing as the northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light near midnight and the overnight low drops to -17C(1F).
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We got a light dusting of snow overnight. Just enough to whiten the dirty snow laying around.
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Updated: 1:24 PM GMT on December 21, 2009

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Clouds on the Prairie

By: plapman, 5:29 PM GMT on December 19, 2009

Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries and a high near -8C(17F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries this evening and after midnight. The overnight low is expected to be near -10C(14F).
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Updated: 3:24 PM GMT on December 20, 2009

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Single Digit Highs on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:27 PM GMT on December 18, 2009

Today will start cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries this morning then a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -7C(19F).
Tonight will see a few clouds and an overnight low of -20C(-4F).
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It was a great lunch yesterday with lots to eat and a wide variety but I had to leave early for a trip to the physiotherapist. I got heated, stretched and massaged. I think I even had an after lunch nap while the massage machine was working.
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Updated: 5:28 PM GMT on December 19, 2009

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Relativly warm of the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:33 PM GMT on December 17, 2009

Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud with a south wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this morning. A high of -7C(19F) is expected.
Tonight will see cloudy periods with an overnight low of -13C(8F).
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A Christmas party at the office will bring a good lunch. It's a pot luck affair with turkey, mashed potatoes and lots of munchies. I had to pass on the one today for my home office in Grossse Isle due to a physiotherapy appointment scheduled for today.
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Updated: 1:25 PM GMT on December 18, 2009

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Warming on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:29 PM GMT on December 16, 2009

Today will bring clearing this morning and a high near -13C(8F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries and the temperature will remain steady near -13C(8F).
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When I got home at noon yesterday the home was warm and the queen of the prairie was happy. The furnace man finished up about 1:30 and left.
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Updated: 1:32 PM GMT on December 17, 2009

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The End of the Cold Snap is Near on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:44 PM GMT on December 15, 2009

Today will be sunny with winds up to 15 km/h (9 mph). The high will be near -20C(-4F) with windchills in the -39 range.
Tonight will start clear then becoming cloudy periods overnight as the low drops to -27C(-17F).
The lang range forecast shows s warming trend with temperatures reaching -single digits by the weekend.
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The heating contractors auxillary heaters kept us from freezing last night with no furnace but it is cool in the house this morning.
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Updated: 1:27 PM GMT on December 16, 2009

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More Wind Chill Warnings on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:27 PM GMT on December 14, 2009

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods and a 30% chance of flurries. The wind will be swesterly at 15 km/h (9 mph). The high will be -22C(-8F) with a wind chill factor of -38.
Tonigh will be clear with a west wind at 20 km/h becoming light near midnight as the overnight low drops to -30C(-22F) with extreme wind chills of -41.
The wind chill warning is still in effect for most of southern Manitoba.
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Severe Weather Bulletin
issued by Environment Canada
at 3:53 am CST Monday 14 December 2009.
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Watches/warnings in effect for southern Manitoba...

Wind chill warning for:
City of Winnipeg
Steinbach - St. Adolphe - Dominion City - Vita - Richer
Selkirk - Gimli - Stonewall - Woodlands - Eriksdale
Dugald - Beausejour - Grand Beach
Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman
Morden - Winkler - Altona - Emerson - Morris
Brandon - Carberry - Treherne
Dauphin - Roblin - Winnipegosis
Minnedosa - Neepawa - Russell - Riding Mountain National Park
Killarney - Pilot Mound - Manitou
Melita - Boissevain - Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
Virden - Souris
Ste. Rose - Mccreary - Alonsa - Gladstone
Swan River - Duck Mountain - Porcupine Provincial Forest
Arborg - Hecla - Fisher River - Gypsumville - Ashern.

Extreme wind chill values of minus 40 to minus 45 are expected
this morning and again tonight and Tuesday morning.

This is a warning that extreme wind chill conditions are
imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather
conditions..listen for updated statements.

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Watches/warnings ended for southern Manitoba...

Wind chill warning ended for:
berens river - Little Grand Rapids - bloodvein - atikaki
Poplar River
Grand Rapids.

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==Discussion==
frigid Arctic air combined with westerly winds of 15 to 20 km/h will
continue to produce extreme wind chill values of minus 40 to minus 45
this morning. Although these extreme wind chill values will moderate
during the day extreme values of -40 to -45 are likely to redevelop
again tonight and continue into Tuesday morning. Milder temperatures
are expected to return to southern Manitoba starting mid week as this
Arctic airmass slides off to the east.

At these extreme wind chill values frostbite on exposed skin may
occur in less than 10 minutes.
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Updated: 1:37 PM GMT on December 15, 2009

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Extreme Wind Chill Still in Effect on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:54 PM GMT on December 13, 2009

Today will be sunny with winds up to 15 km/h. The high today is only expected to reach -24C(-11F). There is still an extreme wind chill warning as the wind chill will make it feel like -44.
Tonight will remain clear with the wind up to 15 km/h. An overnight low of -32C(-26F) with wind chills in the -41 range.
Most of Manitoba is under a a Wind Chill Advisory as the cold arctic air sweeps southerly.
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Severe Weather Bulletin
issued by Environment Canada
at 4:08 am CST Sunday 13 December 2009.

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Watches/warnings in effect for southern Manitoba...

Wind chill warning for:
City of Winnipeg
Steinbach - St. Adolphe - Dominion City - Vita - Richer
Selkirk - Gimli - Stonewall - Woodlands - Eriksdale
Dugald - Beausejour - Grand Beach
Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman
Morden - Winkler - Altona - Emerson - Morris
Brandon - Carberry - Treherne
Dauphin - Roblin - Winnipegosis
Minnedosa - Neepawa - Russell - Riding Mountain National Park
Killarney - Pilot Mound - Manitou
Melita - Boissevain - Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
Virden - Souris
Ste. Rose - Mccreary - Alonsa - Gladstone
Swan River - Duck Mountain - Porcupine Provincial Forest
Arborg - Hecla - Fisher River - Gypsumville - Ashern
berens river - Little Grand Rapids - bloodvein - atikaki
Poplar River
Grand Rapids.

Extreme wind chill values of minus 40 to minus 45 will continue
today, tonight and most of Monday.

This is a warning that extreme wind chill conditions are
imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather
conditions..listen for updated statements.

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==Discussion==
frigid Arctic air combined with brisk northwesterly winds will
continue to produce extreme wind chill values of minus 40 to
minus 45. Conditions should slowly improve late Monday as winds
begin to diminish.

At these extreme wind chill values frostbite on exposed skin may
occur in less than 10 minutes.


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The heating contractors are expected tomorrow to install a new furnace. It will be a test of their auxiliary heating equipment to keep my house warm.
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Updated: 1:26 PM GMT on December 14, 2009

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Extreme Wind Chill on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:39 PM GMT on December 12, 2009

Today will start cloudy with periods of light snow beginning early this morning and ending this afternoon then clearing later this afternoon. The wind will become north at 20 km/h (12 mph) near noon as the temperature remains steady near -18C(0F). The wind this afternoon will cause a wind chill effect of -30.
Tonight will be clear with a northwest wind at 20 km/h and an overnight low of -32C(-26F) causing an extreme wind chill of -44.
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Warnings
Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman
4:27 AM CST Saturday 12 December 2009
Wind chill warning for
Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman issued

Cold temperatures, combined with a strengthening northwesterly gradient, will produce extreme wind chills of minus 40 to minus 45 over parts of Western Manitoba this morning and spread to all of Southern Manitoba tonight and into Sunday morning.

This is a warning that extreme wind chill conditions are imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.

Cold Arctic air combined with a strengthening northwesterly wind will surge southward out of Central Manitoba and into the south today. As a result extreme wind chills of minus 40 to minus 45 are expected this morning over west Central Manitoba. Extreme wind chills will spread into the remainder of Southern Manitoba tonight. Widespread extreme wind chill values of minus 40 to minus 45 are expected early Sunday morning but conditions will gradually improve on Sunday as winds diminish and temperatures moderate.

At these extreme wind chill values frostbite on exposed skin may occur in less than 10 minutes.




Updated: 2:52 PM GMT on December 13, 2009

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Still Cold on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:34 PM GMT on December 11, 2009

Today will see a few clouds. with increasing cloudiness this morning bringing a 30% chance of light snow this afternoon. The high is expected to be -17.

Tonight start with clearing early this evening then increasing cloudiness overnight and an overnight low of -23.
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Updated: 2:36 PM GMT on December 12, 2009

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Slightly Warmer on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:34 PM GMT on December 10, 2009

Today will see a mix of sun and cloud with a 30% chance of flurries this morning. The wind will be up to 15 km/h (9 mph). The high is expected to be near -19C(-2F) with a wind chill of -28 this afternoon.
Tonight will be clear with winds up to 15 km/h (9 mph) and an overnight low of -24C(-11F) with a wind chill of -29.
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Me and Abby shortened out walk to 1 mile yesterday. It was me who was feeling the cold. Abby seemed to be doing great with no paw lifting evident. The little dog is acclimatizing faster than me.
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Updated: 1:32 PM GMT on December 11, 2009

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Wind Chill Warning on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:30 PM GMT on December 09, 2009

Today will be sunny with the wind up to 15 km/h and a high of -22. There is a extreme wind chill of -41 this morning.
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -26.
There is a wind chill warning this morn as the temp is -30C with a windchill of -40C.
Warnings
Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman
7:12 AM CST Wednesday 09 December 2009
Wind chill warning for
Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman issued

Wind chill values of -40 to -45 this morning with brisk northwest winds.

This is a warning that extreme wind chill conditions are imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.

Cold Arctic air has brought temperatures in the minus thirties to Southern Manitoba this morning. Winds are generally light but in areas near the Manitoba escarpment brisk northwest winds of 15 to 20 km/h are giving extreme wind chill values of minus 40 to minus 45 this morning. Winds are expected to diminish and temperatures moderate later this morning after sunrise and as a result wind chills will become less extreme.

At these extreme wind chill values frostbite on exposed skin may occur in less than 10 minutes.
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Updated: 1:33 PM GMT on December 10, 2009

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Coldest Morning in 9 Months

By: plapman, 1:31 PM GMT on December 08, 2009

Today will be sunny with a high of -19C(-2F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -28C(-18F).
The windchill is currently -38C at 7:30am. It's the coldest day in 9 months according to the radio. It looks like winter has it's grip set firmly on the northern edge of the prairie.
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Updated: 1:29 PM GMT on December 09, 2009

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Winter Has Arrived on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:21 PM GMT on December 07, 2009

Today will bring clearing this morning with a light wind up to 15 km/h (9 mph) and a high of -16C(3F) making a wind chill of -27.
Tonight will remain clear as the low drops to -23C(-9F).
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Updated: 1:30 PM GMT on December 08, 2009

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A Cool Evening on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:19 PM GMT on December 06, 2009

Today will bring a few flurries ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. There is the risk of freezing drizzle early this morning. The high will be -6C(21F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries and a low of -18C(0F).
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Updated: 1:19 PM GMT on December 07, 2009

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Colder Weather Coming to the Northern Edge

By: plapman, 2:50 PM GMT on December 05, 2009

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods and a high of -8C(17F).
Tonight will bring cloudy periods with a 60% chance of flurries and an overnight low of -12C(10F).
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The queen of the prairie plugged the car in for the first time. She says it was really cold when she came home at midnight.
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Updated: 2:18 PM GMT on December 06, 2009

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A Cool Night on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:32 PM GMT on December 04, 2009

Today will be cloudy with 30% chance of flurries. The northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light this morning. The high is expected to be -12C(10F) but there is a -25C windchill this morning.
Tonight will remain cloudy with the 30% chance of flurries early this evening continuing as the overnight low drops to -19C(-2F).
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We had about 6 inches of fresh snow yesterday. It's all fluffy stuff and was easy moving with the blower. If we get any wind it will quickly whip into hard drifts.
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Updated: 2:49 PM GMT on December 05, 2009

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Snowfall Warning for the Northern Edge

By: plapman, 1:34 PM GMT on December 03, 2009

Today will bring snow with 2 to 4 cm(0.8 to 1.6 in) except 10 cm(3.9 in) near the lake expected. The wind will become northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) this afternoon and the high will be -6C(21F).
Tonight will bring more snow in the form of flurries as the overnight low dips to -13C(8F).
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Severe Weather Bulletin
issued by Environment Canada
at 4:33 am CST Thursday 3 December 2009.
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Watches/warnings in effect for southern Manitoba...

Snowfall warning for:
=new= Dugald - Beausejour - Grand Beach
=new= Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman
=new= Grand Rapids
Arborg - Hecla - Fisher River - Gypsumville - Ashern.

Heavy snow fall off Lake Winnipeg and lake Manitoba today.

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==Discussion==
lake effect snow squalls have developed as cold Arctic air continues to push through southern Manitoba and across Lake Winnipeg and lake Manitoba.

Snow squalls are bands of intense flurries that develop over Open Lakes, and drop narrow swaths of heavy snow as they move inland.
Snowfall amounts are extremely variable but local amounts of 10 cm or more are possible along with occasional near zero visibilities within the snow squalls.

The exact locations of these heavy snow bands are dependent on wind direction and are highly variable. In general they are expected to affect the following areas: to the south of lake winnipeg's northern basin such as Dauphin river and jackhead, areas to the south of lake winnipeg's southern basin such as Highway 59 near libau and east Selkirk, areas south of lake Manitoba such as Highway 1 near Portage la Prairie and Elie.

The lake effect snow squalls are expected to persist through out the day and in to the evening.

Please refer to the latest public forecasts for further details.
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Updated: 1:31 PM GMT on December 04, 2009

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Snow

By: plapman, 1:33 PM GMT on December 02, 2009

Today will bring snow flurries with 2 to 4 cm(0.8 to 1.6 in) accumulating. The temperature will be falling to -7C(19F) this afternoon.
Tonight brings more flurries with another 5 cm(2.0 in) of snow and a low of -9C(15F).
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Poor Abby was attacked by a Husky yesterday on our walk. Abby was still leashed as we headed out when the other dog came running through an open gate. Daisy, the Husky, was quickly pulled off of Abby by Daisy's owners who were cleaning up their yard at the time.
Luckily Abby suffered no ill effects other than injured pride.
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Updated: 1:33 PM GMT on December 03, 2009

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Snowfall Warning for the Southwestern Region of Manitoba

By: plapman, 1:33 PM GMT on December 01, 2009

Today will be cloudy with periods of light snow this morning then a 40% chance of flurries this afternoon. The wind will become northerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) near noon as the high creeps to -1C(30F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with the 40% chance of flurries continuing. The overnight low is expected to be near -10C(14F).
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The Snow Warning for the SW part of the province continues. Portage is out of the area effected but will still receive a small amount.

Brandon - Carberry - Treherne
4:27 AM CST Tuesday 01 December 2009
Snowfall warning for
Brandon - Carberry - Treherne continued


10 to 15 cm of snow for Southwestern Manitoba today.

An Alberta clipper...An intense and fast moving low pressure system...Will continue through North Dakota today. This system has already dropped a few cm of snow in Southwestern Manitoba through the night but the heaviest snow accumulations is expected to occur this morning. The snow will then ease this afternoon as the clipper moves into Minnesota but some snowfall will linger in these areas through the rest of the day and well into the night.

The heaviest swath of snow will be south and along a line from Virden to Morden. General total accumulations 10 with local amounts of 15 of snow is expected. Latest radar imagery shows that the heaviest snow will stay just south of the city of Brandon. Radar has also shown that the heavy snow has pulled out of the Minnedosa region.

Northwest winds will follow in the wake of this system tonight. These winds will drag down colder northern air throughout Southern Manitoba Wednesday thus ending our extended period of above normal temperatures.

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Updated: 1:31 PM GMT on December 02, 2009

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