A Winter Storm Watch for the Prairie

By: plapman , 12:46 PM GMT on March 23, 2009

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Today will se periods of drizzle along with fog patches early this morning. The winds will be from the southeast at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light this morning. A high of 8C(46F) is forecast.
Tonight will see periods of drizzle changing to snow overnight. The rainfall amount of 5 mm(0.2 in) is expected. Fog patches. The wind will swing to the north at 30 km/h (19 mph) near midnight. An overnight low of -1C(30F) is expected.

It looks like the praires are in for a bit more snow. There's a winter storm watch for most of Manitoba with up to 6 inches of heavy wet snow forecast.
A complex weather system has developed over the prairies. An initial low in central Manitoba brought the rain to the south overnight as well as heavy snow to northern Manitoba. This system will weaken and be replaced by a second more intense low now in Colorado.
This Colorado low will push northward into the Dakotas tonight and bring a fresh batch of precipitation. Rain will move up the Red River valley tonight, but over southwestern Manitoba the precipitation is expected to be snow. Freezing rain or ice pellets are also likely near the transition between the rain and snow.
Southwestern areas may see 10 to 20 cm of snow by late Tuesday, while regions further southeast may remain as rain. The City of Winnipeg is very close to the rain/snow line and is expected to turn to snow at some point on Tuesday. The precise track of this low will dictate
where the rain to snow line will be as well as where heaviest snowfalls occur, this low is still some distance away and its precise track is still uncertain.
This watch will be updated as new information is gained.
Some regions may require warnings as the low track and band of heaviest snow is better resolved.
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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1. Alleyoops
1:18 PM GMT on March 23, 2009
Oh Tony, looks like its one of those bloody Spring storms that can bring more damage than good to the Prairies. You certainly don't need an extra snow to add to the flooding problems. Keep safe dear ones. Lets hope this Colorado low will blow itself out before it reaches Manitoba.
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