After two days of record breaking temperatures in Southern Manitoba, it now looks more like a winter wonderland.

Samantha Mauti with Environment Canada says a low pressure system is bringing snow to the region, which should end overnight. By the time the snow tapers off, Mauti says between five and 10 centimetres will likely have fallen in the Steinbach area. 

The winds are also expected to pick up Friday evening. Mauti says winds from the northwest of 50 kilometres per hour will gust to 70. As a result, Mauti says motorists can expect reduced visibility from both the snow and blowing snow. Those conditions should continue into Saturday morning. She also cautions that because our temperature is hovering around the freezing mark, roads could get quite slippery.

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The winds are expected to weaken Saturday, but Mauti says behind this system our temperatures will drop to what is more normal for this time of year. The normal high for December 8 is -8 degrees. 

Mauti says it is highly unlikely that any weather warnings will be issued with this system for southeastern Manitoba. 

"This has been a very messy system to deal with ahead of time, the forecast leading up to it," admits Mauti. "But I think everything through the Manitoba area is working out as planned."

As mentioned, both Wednesday and Thursday saw temperature records fall in southern Manitoba. Nine locations broke records on Thursday for the warmest December 7th ever recorded. They are:

  • Steinbach: 8.7 degrees (old record was 5.0 set in 1984)
  • Sprague: 6.7 degrees (old record was 5.6 set in 1918)
  • Emerson: 9.0 degrees (old record was 7.7 set in 2015)
  • Pinawa: 6.1 degrees (old record was 5.1 set in 2015)
  • Winnipeg: 8.6 degrees (old record was 5.6 set in 1923) 
  • Pine Falls: 6.5 degrees (old record was 4.8 set in 2015) 
  • Pilot Mound: 9.9 degrees (old record was 8.6 set in 2015) 
  • Swan River: tied record of 3.5 degrees set in 1984
  • Berens River: 3.3 degrees (old record was 2.7 set in 2015)

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