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Temperatures Below Seasonal Average

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In case you are getting anxious to pack the winter coats up in the storage closet, the weatherman promises that spring will arrive, but it just might be a little tardy.
“It looks like a sluggish start to spring, but we are forecasting temperatures to be on the cool side of normal, especially in the first half,” said Weather Network Meteorologist Doug Gillham.
“(Temperatures will be) closer to seasonal in the second half, with near normal precipitation.”
Gillham added that, on the positive side, cool springs tend to reduce flood threats because the higher sun angle works on the snow while temperatures are closer to freezing.
“Temperatures will be warmer than winter, but it allows snow to melt more slower,” he said. “If it suddenly warmed up, that would increase the flood threat, so cool springs alleviate flood threats, but not eliminate.”
If the March weather has so far felt cooler than it should be, it’s because it is.
“It’s been a bit cooler than last year, and last year was fairly close to normal,” said Gillham. “Looking at the region as a whole, last year was near normal and the previous two were warmer than normal.
“There is a pretty good shot of arctic air coming up (this week), with a colder than normal end to March and April, and at times significantly colder than normal in April, and then trending warmer.”
Flood outlook
The Manitoba government issued their March flood outlook last Friday (March 23) and it suggests that the risk of widespread major flooding remains low to moderate across most of the province.
“We continue to monitor for ice-jam related flooding due to the thickness of the ice on some of Manitoba’s rivers and streams,” said Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler. “The cold winter temperatures and less snow cover created above-normal ice conditions.”
Only in low-lying areas along the Red and Assiniboine River is there a moderate risk of some overland flooding.

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Jeremy Bergen
REPORTER
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