Winter Storm Watch for the prairie

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

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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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3. GardenGrrl
9:16 AM GMT on November 06, 2008
We finally got rain, Hooray!
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2. Alleyoops
10:19 PM GMT on November 05, 2008
Eeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkk....run run for your warm winter clothes, snow is on the way....Jeeze Tony they are only forecasting a drop in temps for here by the weekend with rain but yes I would not be surprised that we did not see some snow too. After all it is NOV already....It will give you an excuse to start up the new snowblower if only to hear it run...ROFLMBO...
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1. Alleyoops
1:54 PM GMT on November 05, 2008
Good morning Tony. We still have nice temps and lots of sunshine for here today. Our rain and cool temps wont get here till Friday, just in time for any b-day plans I may have wanted to make. Oh well, guess I will curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book or watch Brendon Fraser in Journey to the Centre of the Earth...Its time for a little laughter and fun.

Have a great day dear one...
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