After-School Programming

Attend an informational session on May 22/23 regarding upcoming plans for Fall 2018. Learn More...

If you are planning a winter holiday, you might want to aim for February or early March. David Phillips with Environment Canada says that is because it appears the last part of winter will have the most bite in southern Manitoba.

Phillips today released his winter weather outlook for the months of December, January and February. He says December will start mild and sunny, with not much for storm activity in the first week. By the third week of December the cold air should have arrived and Phillips says it looks like it will be a white Christmas for southern Manitoba.

Phillips says if their forecast is right, December and January will be warmer than normal and then February and early March will be the toughest part of winter. He notes that is because we will be under the influence of a La Nina, a term used to describe a period of cold water in the Pacific Ocean. But, because it will only be a weak La Nina, Phillips says many forecasters are using the term 'uncertain' when giving the winter weather outlook.

"You ask forecasters how much money would they put on the winter forecast, it wouldn't be a lot," admits Phillips. "If it was a strong La Nina, well they'd be willing to go to the bank on it, they'd say there's no question it's going to be a snowier and a colder than normal winter."

Having said that, Phillips says the weak La Nina will have no influence on precipitation for us in southern Manitoba.

"Hard to say how it's going to go with precipitation, we really don't even want to issue a forecast for precipitation," says Phillips. "Not that it's bad or scary, it's just that there's no skill in it."

Meanwhile, we have just come through a month where the average temperature was about 1.5 degrees colder than normal. Phillips says November was quite the contrast from September and October.

"It was almost a slap in the face," he says.

The coldest day of the month was November 9th when the mercury dipped to -21.8 degrees. The warmest it got was 8.5 degrees on November 27th. He notes the deepest snow base last month in Steinbach was 8 centimetres, but it was only about half that at month end.

More Local News

Municipalities Not Lifting Spring Road Restrictions

Spring road restrictions have now been lifted for provincial roads in southern Manitoba. But several municipalities, including the city of Steinbach, plan to keep their restrictions in place a little…

Hanover Fire Departments Attend Two Grass Fires Monday

Hanover Fire Chief Paul WiebeBoth Both the Kleefeld and Grunthal Fire Departments attended grass fires Monday evening. Hanover Fire Chief Paul Wiebe says Kleefeld was called to a fire on Highway 52…

After-School Programming

Attend an informational session on May 22/23 regarding upcoming plans for Fall 2018. Learn More...

2018 05 judge barkman

Justice Gordon Barkman Remembered As Being Fair And Patient

A lawyer from Steinbach has very good memories of Judge Gordon Barkman who passed away last week. Judge Gordon BarkmanJustice Barkman served on the County Court of Manitoba from 1972 to 1984 at which…
RCMP Logo

Driver Arrested After Incident Early Saturday

A woman was arrested on the weekend after driving in the wrong lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway and endangering police. RCMP report the incident happened just after 3:30 Saturday morning, about one…
2017 05 rcmp patrols

City Council Sets Police Priorities for 2018

Steinbach city council has done a review of its policing priorities. City councillor Michael Zwaagstra says police ask council each year to establish priorities that they should focus on. And he adds…
Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen

Treatment To Be Coordinated For Addiction And Mental Health Issues

Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen says his department is busy working on implementing a new mental health and addictions strategy. A government-commissioned report has shown about 80 per cent of people…
2018 05 ewen1

Ritchot Approves Broiler Expansion

Council for the Rural Municipality of Ritchot has given approval for a farmer south of Ile des Chenes to expand his chicken broiler operation. Mayor Chris Ewen says the owner of Falkdale Farms would…
rcmp24

Woman Charged With Domestic Assault

RCMP say a woman is facing charges of domestic violence after an incident in Steinbach during the weekend. Police officers were called to a residence at 7:40 Saturday evening. Their investigation led…

Test Drive Gone Wrong

Steinbach fire crews extinguished a vehicle that was on fire just south of Mitchell on Reichenbach Road Monday afternoon. Assistant Fire Chief Russ Reimer says the vehicle was well up in flames when…

RCMP Say Two-Year-Old Has Died Following Sunday Crash

RCMP are now saying that a young child who was struck by a vehicle in a driveway east of Steinbach Sunday evening has passed away. Just before 8pm on Sunday, Steinbach RCMP were called to a scene…

Fatal Boating Collision Near Lac Du Bonnet

A 40-year-old man has died following a boating collision in the RM of Lac Du Bonnet. At 12pm on Sunday, RCMP responded to near the Cape Coppermine boat launch on the Lee River. Upon arrival, police…

April Sees Surge In Building Permits

The number of housing starts in Steinbach increased considerably last month. Statistics issued by the City of Steinbach for April show housing starts for the month were double the amount for the…

Steinbachonline.com is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login