If I've learned anything in my years as an entertaining and educational weather columnist, I have learned this -- If you have to deliver bad news, make someone else do it for you.
Which is why I would like to kick off today's long weekend weather forecast with the following warning from my good friend, Dale Marciski at Environment Canada: It's going to snow!
Warns Dale: "It's going to be snowy and damp and windy and cold, so be careful when you're driving this weekend!"
The problem is a low-pressure system from the Pacific was set to move across Manitoba Friday night and today, bringing a bracing taste of winter. The heaviest snow -- between 10 and 15 centimetres -- is expected around Swan River, the Duck Mountains and the Porcupine Provincial Forest.
In Winnipeg, we were looking at some light snowfall Friday night and a few flurries today, leaving us with between two and four centimetres of white stuff. Along with winds gusting up to 60 km/h around noon, we're looking at a high of just 1 C, which is spot on normal for this time of year.
On Sunday, Dale says, we'll see a mix of sun and cloud, a high of 1 C, along with "some snow flurry activity again in eastern Manitoba and closer to the lakes."
Another high-pressure system is poised to move into the province Remembrance Day, which promises to be sunny but cold, with bone-chilling morning temperatures around -12 C and an afternoon high of only -8 C.
If, like me, you are tempted to complain, Dale wants you to know this: "Even if we get a bit of snow here in Winnipeg this weekend, we are not alone. In fact, we have missed a lot of the heavier snow that has affected other areas of Canada in the last few weeks."
Now that we all feel better, let's head outside today and Sunday to show our pioneer spirit, starting with a warm indoor event at the Manitoba Museum, where you can check out the first real mummy to go on display in the city in 45 years.
The exhibit showcases the mummy of Pesed, the shining one, and her coffin. Tip: It's closed on Monday.
After checking out the mummy why not unwind (because you're too tightly wrapped) at The Forks by taking in the Many Worlds Festival, featuring awesome performances from Folklorama entertainers from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at centre court.
You can stay warm Sunday night at the Area Nightclub by taking in the steak dinner and soiree in support of the Winnipeg Humane Society's "See Spot Read" literacy program, wherein dogs help kids learn to read. I'm not kidding; it really works. Tickets $30 or $50 for two.
Regardless of the weather, Winnipeg, on Monday remember to take a moment to remember.