As above-normal temperatures continue to melt off the vast majority of Westman’s snow in March’s final days, old man winter may have a form of prank in store as the calendar turns to April later this week.
Environment and Climate Change Canada’s current forecast for Brandon calls for a high temperature of 12 degrees Tuesday before a significant shift in weather brings a drop in daytime high temperatures as a strengthening system proceeds into the area from Southern Saskatchewan. Alongside that change in temperature is expected to be a meaningful rain/snow mix precipitation event beginning Tuesday night.
Though forecasting at this time of the year is notoriously difficult with temperatures near the freezing mark, the presently published ECCC forecast for Brandon points toward a meaningful 10-15mm of rain beginning early Tuesday evening before a shift to snow on Wednesday that could leave the city with in excess of 10cm of heavy, wet white stuff by Thursday. Beyond that the current Brandon forecast snows the potential for additional lighter snow into Friday.
At the time of this posting, Wednesday’s daytime high temperature is forecast to be zero degrees, followed by a high of -1 on Thursday.
Separately, highlighting the uncertainty surrounding the system the Weather Network’s Brandon forecast page currently shows potential for as much as 20cm of snow before Thursday comes to a close.
Being Tuesday morning at the moment, the best advice at this point would be to keep an eye on the forecast into Tuesday night and be prepared to call the shovels and perhaps snowblowers up into the on-deck circle!
The latest Brandon forecast can be seen at https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/mb-52_metric_e.html
Updated: March 31, 7:35am. Updated to reflect ECCC and Weather Network forecasts