WINNIPEG — Dust off that snow shovel you haven’t used in a few weeks, because you’re going to need it again.
A weather system tracking northward from North Dakota Tuesday will bring snow and colder temperatures into Manitoba and the Red River Valley region — just in time for Christmas.
A special weather statement has been issued by Environment Canada, with southern portions of the province expected to see 5 to 10 cm of snow into Wednesday. Some areas may see up to 10 to 20 cm over a 24-hour period.
“As the low moves off to the east, many are likely to shout “It’s cold outside!” as seasonal temperatures move into the region,” the national forecaster said in a cheeky statement.
“Daytime highs are expected to drop to the -10 to -15C range for the end of the week with overnight lows possibly dipping below the -20C mark on Friday night. The return to seasonal conditions will be a marked departure from the conditions that have been in place over the last month.”
Since December 1, Winnipeg has only seen one day of near-seasonal temperatures and four days with below-normal temperatures. Environment Canada says it’s been a similar situation in Brandon.
Warmer-than-seasonal temperatures are expected to return next week.