All of southern Manitoba is under a special weather statement as a cold front is set to bring plummeting temperatures and snow is likely for much of the region.
Environment Canada sent out a special weather statement on Sunday afternoon, saying Manitobans are in for a quick end to the above average temperatures. Last week Winnipeg experienced daytime highs in the high teens. The average high for this time of year is 10 degrees.
This week will see the highs drop as much as 25 degrees compared to last week. By late in the week highs are expected to range from -5 to -10 throughout southern Manitoba.
Snow is expected to arrive in western Manitoba on Tuesday and into Wednesday.
Meteorologists say that they are continuing to monitor the system to see if the capital region will get snow. However, they say, it looks likely at this time.
From Environment Canada:
Pattern change to colder temperatures with first shot of accumulating snow coming this week for southern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba.
The mild fall weather will come to an abrupt end this week across the Prairies as a cold front slumping southward gives showers and ushers in the first Arctic air of the season.
Highs will drop to the single digits through much of the week before colder air moves in late week with temperatures in the -5 to -10 degree range likely by next weekend and into Halloween.
The colder temperatures will bring accumulating snow to western Saskatchewan late Monday into Tuesday. The area of snow will move across the province on Monday night into Tuesday and then into western Manitoba on Tuesday into Wednesday. General amounts will be in the 5 cm range but may be higher over southwestern Saskatchewan so this area will have to be closely monitored for potential snowfall warnings as the event nears.
For Southern Manitoba, confidence is increasing on a snowfall event mid to late week but it remains too early to nail down amounts and location at this time.