If you thought the April Fools snow event was worth a chuckle, just wait until you see what Mother Nature maybe have in store for the area overnight on Friday into Saturday morning.
Environment and Climate Change Canada on Friday afternoon issued a Special Weather Statement
for areas of Eastern Saskatchewan and Western Manitoba including Brandon associated with a weather system that is expected to pass through the area over the next 24 hours. Initially beginning as showers and scattered thunderstorms in Southern Saskatchewan this afternoon, rain is expected to transition into snow before midnight as the system moves South.
As is the case with spring precipitation events when the temperature is near the freezing mark, the statement notes uncertainty as it relates to accumulation with a host of factors including initial snow melting on warm ground having an effect on overall accumulations that may be seen. The current expectation is for a swath within the region to see 5-10cm of snow, with the Brandon forecast for Friday night currently calling for 5-10cm with additional light snow possible on Saturday morning. Friday's overnight low is minus 2 degrees.
Depending on how everything shakes out, records could potentially be broken with 3cm standing as the May 8 record (2002) and 5.8cm (1967) as the May 9 record according to data on ECCC's Brandon weather page. In case a little wider "it could be worse" perspective helps, May 14, 2004 says 'hi' with its 14.4cm firmly on record :)
No matter what accumulates, it isn't expected to stay for long with highs of +6, +4, +6, +7, 12 and 16 forecast by ECCC over the next six days.
The full Special Weather Statement can be read at:
For the most current information, the full Brandon forecast is published at:
Updated: May 8, 4:44pm. Friday night forecast update