Get ready to plop your overstuffed body on the couch and watch gravy ooze out of every pore, because it's time for your Thanksgiving Weekend Holiday Weather Forecast.
We would like to start off by telling you that, along with turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, you'll be enjoying one of the warmest Thanksgivings in years.
We'd like to do that, but we'd be lying. The truth is, it's going to be a bit blah. Here's how my pal Dale Marciski from Environment Canada puts it:
"It's not going to be as favorable as some other Thanksgivings. On the other hand, it's not going to be as bad as 2009 when we had 10 centimetres of snow on the ground. That year was barely above freezing." The problem is a Colorado low is sweeping in from the southwest, bringing rain, strong winds and a high of just 9 C today, compared with the normal high of 11 C at this festive time of year. Sunday should be sunny with a high of 11 C and Monday's outlook is for a few clouds and a high of 10 C.
"It (the Colorado low) will bring about 50 millimetres of rain to western Manitoba," Dale warned. "It will push some rain into the Winnipeg area. We may get five to 10 mm here on Saturday."
Along with the rain, we can look forward to some powerful winds today, with gusts between 50 and 70 km/h. "Those are strong winds," Dale shuddered. "It's going to be an uncomfortable day -- rainy, windy and cool. There should be lots of big wave action on the lakes."
But Thanksgiving is not a time for despair, Winnipeg. "The good news for us is the Colorado low pushes northeast and the skies clear in Winnipeg Saturday evening," Dale promised. "It should be generally sunny on Sunday and a mix of sun and clouds Monday. Also, there's no snow in the forecast, unless you happen to live in Thompson or Gillam. If you are still able to waddle after stuffing yourself with turkey, there's lots to do this holiday weekend.
For starters, you and the kids can head down to centre court at The Forks today and take a leisurely stroll through a giant colon. The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada's travelling exhibit is identical to your own colon, except their colon is about 12 metres long and 2.5 metres high.
If giant colons aren't your speed, the Assiniboine Valley Railway is holding its October Open House this weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It chugs along at 3001 Roblin Blvd. next to Assiniboine Park and ride tickets are just $2.
No matter what you do, remember to put down your fork and pick up a pen to write a nice fat cheque for Winnipeg Harvest, our local food bank, because they are in the business of feeding people all year round.