Winnipeg’s cold and snowy February takes its place in the record books
28th February 2019

From frigid temperatures to piles of precipitation, we saw it all over the past month.

Typically we don’t associate lot of snow with the coldest conditions, but that’s what Winnipeg and southern Manitoba experienced throughout February.

Temperature and snowfall statistics from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

In regards to snowfall amounts, this month Winnipeg saw more than three times what is normal.

February is typically the driest month of the year in the city. Not this time.

The biggest snow storm came on Feb. 3 with 10 centimetres falling in the city. By Feb. 28, that total is up to 38.4 cm and ranks 11th on record,  just 0.2 cm behind 1893 with 38.6 cm.

Snowfall totals from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

As noted above, temperatures were also well below normal. Before the 28th, Winnipeg only had ten days where the daytime high was above -10 Celsius.

As of the 28th, with a daily mean temperature of -20.0 C, this past month ties 2014 for the 22nd coldest February on record.

Once Feb. 28th temperatures are added to the calculation, it will move the ranking down slightly to 23rd or 24th all time.

It you are wondering, the coldest February on record was in 1875, when the daily mean temperature was -26.1 C.

Statistics from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

As March begins, the forecast looks to remain cooler than normal.

This is a common pattern across most of the country. The long range forecast from Environment and Climate Change Canada paints a brisk picture for most of the population in Canada.

8-14 day temperature outlook from Feb. 27, 2019.

Spring officially begins Wednesday March 20, so hopefully the temperatures will start to match up the seasonal norms by then.


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