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What with being a humble, professional Weather Column, we are reluctant to say "we told you so," but we are going to do it anyway: "We told you so!" For those of you who have been in a coma or hiding in a frozen drain pipe, what we told you last Saturday was, starting Thursday, we were going to get a lovely break from the Arctic-style deep freeze that has been squatting on top of us for what feels like the past year.

And, if you have been brave enough to wander outside lately, you know we were not only right, we were totally dead-on right. And so, on behalf of my good buddy Dale Marciski from Environment Canada, I'd like to issue the following weather statement: "NEENER! NEENER! NEENER! WE ARE SO SMART!"

Truthfully, Dale is not the sort of weather expert to brag, but he was pretty pleased about correctly forecasting this awesome warming trend. "It kind of came right on cue," Dale noted politely. "We're going to continue with the mild, even above-normal, trend right through to the later part of the week. It looks like it might cool down a bit on Friday, but even then it's just back to normal."

According to the weather office, we're looking at a mix of sun and cloud today, with a lovely high of -6 C, which is nicely above the normal high of -13 C and way above the horror-show temperatures of the last month. We're also looking for flurries. On Sunday, the outlook calls for clouds with a 40 per cent chance of flurries and a glorious high of -3 C. Speaking of highs, on Wednesday we are expected to hit 0 C, which will feel like living on the (bad word) sun.

What is happening, according to my buddy Dale, is a lovely flow of warmer Pacific air is finally shunting aside the freezing mass of Arctic air that has been parked over much of the continent. "The cold air is really hard to move, but in this case, there was a big enough push to shove it aside," is how Dale described the huge shift.

Along with milder temperatures, an Alberta Clipper low-pressure system is bringing us about two to four centimetres of snow this evening, along with possible flurries Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. "There may be a little bit of shovelling required Sunday morning, but it's not a big system," Dale said, noting high winds could cause drifting snow on highways Sunday. "It's not perfect, but it's a whole lot better than what we've had, a lot more opportunity for outdoor activities."

So Dale and I will be disappointed if you do not take advantage of this timely rebirth of balmy weather by strapping on the skates and heading down to The Forks for a spin on the just-opened river skating trail. On second thought, wait until you get to the ice before putting your skates on.

Then pack the family in the car and head to the convention centre to check out the awesome spas and all the other cool stuff on display at the annual Kitchen, Bath & Renovation Show featuring reno and decorating experts and celebrity chef Rob Thomas cooking up a storm. (Tickets at Ticketmaster.)

Since you're at the convention centre anyway, you might as well do your aching body a favour and drag it in to the annual Winnipeg Wellness Expo, where they have everything you need to feel better in 2014. Tickets are $8 to $10.

Whatever you do, you are going to have more fun than humanly possible. That has to be true, because Dale and I told you so. NEENER! NEENER! You're welcome.

doug.speirs@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 11, 2014 A18

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