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Prairies: Wintry weather meanders into northwestern Ontario

Friday, April 3rd 2020, 7:45 pm - The system that brought a significant shot of spring snow to parts of Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan will trek through northern Ontario Saturday

A spring storm has brought heavy snow to the eastern Prairies, and is not on its way out of the region into northern Ontario. There, a brief period of rain will have switched over to snow by Saturday morning, but amounts won't be as hefty as they were in Manitoba. For a closer look, see below.


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Period of rain to start in northwestern Ontario, switchover to snow by the morning
  • Remaining as rain for northeastern Ontario and the Nickel Belt
  • Somewhat chilly weekend, temperatures rebound next week
  • Keep ahead of active weather ALERTS in your area

SATURDAY: FOCUS SHIFTS TO NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO

This system had a definite on the eastern Prairies, impacting northern Manitoba the hardest, with some marked amounts in the south of the province as well, including Winnipeg.

The worst was over by Friday night, though a few more flakes were set to fall, such that part of the far north of the province will have picked up 40-50 cm by Saturday morning, with lesser but still noticeable amounts the further south you go.

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Northern Ontario is next, but the system's effects will actually begin as a brief period of rain for the northwest, though switching over to snow by the morning as the system rolls along. It should be noted that amounts in the region will be markedly less than in Manitoba, and drop off markedly with distance from the border.

For northeastern Ontario and the Nickel Belt, people should expect less snow, and more rain through the day as the system departs the province by the evening. Such rain as does fall will amount to little more than scattered showers, however.

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LOOKING AHEAD: COOL TEMPERATURES MODERATE

Friday's daytime highs were markedly below zero, and the weekend is also set to be a bit on the chilly side, but the frigid pattern relaxes after the weekend and temperatures will be near-seasonal for early next week across the Prairies.

However, another shot of cooler weather is expected mid- to late-week, and colder-than-seasonal temperatures will dominate into mid-April.

Check back as we continue to monitor the forecast.

PARTS OF CANADA MOST LIKELY TO SEE SNOW IN APRIL:

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