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We hate to be a burden, but the Weather Column would like to ask you for a teeny-tiny favour.

What we'd like you to do is this: Put down your newspaper and cup of coffee, go to the garage and get your best snow shovel -- a big metal one would be perfect -- then go find the jerk who is responsible for the weather we've been having and whack him upside the head with your shovel.

On behalf of everyone in the city, I'd like to thank you in advance for wreaking vengeance on whoever is to blame for the unpleasant weather we've been enduring. Seriously, first we suffered through The Cold Snap From Hell, which was followed by The Killer Winter Wind of Doom, and now we're looking at (you might want to sit down before reading this bit) yet another dump of snow.

According to Environment Canada, there should be a fresh five to 10 centimetres of snow on the ground this morning. And there's a 30 per cent chance today of more flurries late in the morning, afternoon and early evening, with northwest winds up to 20 kilometres an hour in the morning.

As for Sunday -- as if you didn't already know -- we're looking at clouds with a 60 per cent chance of even more flurries. On the upside, it's going to be a touch warmer than normal, with a high of -7 C today, compared with the normal high of -13 C at this time of year. Sunday's high should be -9 C. Which is nice because, unless you own your own teenagers, you'll be able to work up a real sweat clearing your driveway and sidewalk. On Monday, it's back down to a bracing high of -22 C.

Explains my buddy, Dale Marciski, from Environment Canada: "It's been a bit of a roller-coaster ride. It warms up a few days, then a low-pressure system comes along and gives us more snow, then it warms up again. We're up and down. That's the way it's going to be for a while.

"We're in the storm track now, the right position for all those lows that are developing over northern Alberta and then they just slide down to the southeast."

If you need a break from playing in the wind and snow, I suggest you take a sleigh ride over to the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg today and Sunday for the annual Wonderful Wedding Show, where there will be a lot of white stuff, just not the kind you can build snowmen out of.

We're talking more than 300 displays and 100,000 square feet of the latest must-have wedding fashions, trends, products, services and so on. They even have a lounge for would-be grooms, featuring stuff guys enjoy, such as comfortable seats and TVs. Tickets are $13 at Ticketmaster.

Or take your mind off the wacky weather by burying your frozen face in a good book from the Winnipeg International Writers Festival Book Sale taking place at centre court at The Forks today and Sunday. There's a huge selection of hardcover ($5), softcover ($2) and sale books ($1).

And if you want to get really wrapped up, visit the Manitoba Museum to check out the first mummy to go on display in the city in 45 years. The exhibit showcases Pesed, the Shining One, a mummy and her coffin, along with some awesome ancient Egyptian antiquities.

And a word of caution to whoever is behind our roller-coaster weather: If you go out this weekend, you might want to wear a helmet.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 18, 2014 A20

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