As folks in Brandon take in every ounce of the quite-balmy +17 degree temperature late Monday afternoon, Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement to caution of a meaningful shift in weather conditions that’s expected to take place throughout the Southern portion of the province by midweek.
In the statement its said that a cold front from Alberta will give way to colder temperatures and some rain or snow on Tuesday night in Westman and progress through the province on Wednesday.
However it’s the potential for a second act that has particularly caught forecasters’ attention, where its said that a Colorado Low may develop and bring heavy snow or rain starting on Thursday. Where, how much and what kind of precipitation are still to be determined with Environment Canada saying that more details are to come as weather systems develop.
Forecasting at this time of the year is notoriously difficult in the region with slight temperature variations being the difference between heavy snow accumulation and another soggy rain event.
Earlier in the afternoon the forecaster shared through its Manitoba-specific social media account a note cautioning of the coming transition (press play and watch for the areas of light blue if you're curious what area was thought at that time to potentially see snow):
Before the change, Tuesday is expected to bring one more above-average day with a currently forecast high of 18 degrees for Brandon. Present forecast calls for a high of just plus five on Wednesday with rain before a rain-snow mix on Wednesday night and snow during the day on Thursday. Due to all of the uncertainty it’s best to check the most recent forecast for most up-to-date information.
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