The first month of the new year will bring the second-lowest snowpack in more than a decade.
But the fall will also be the driest since the winter of 2012-13, with just one inch of snowfall.
The average annual temperature in December has been around 15 C in the province.
“The first thing we see is that the springtime temperature has been quite a bit lower than the fall,” said Mike Oakes, director of the Canadian Meteorological Centre in Winnipeg.
“We see a lot of rain falling in the spring, but the fall is more of a mix of a lot more rain, and a lot less snow.
So, in a lot different ways, it’s going to be a bit more wet in the fall.”
In January, there will be more than twice as much precipitation in the region as in the winter.
The first snowfall on Canada’s west coast is expected on Monday, but temperatures will be around 15-20 C. The city of Winnipeg is expecting another record-setting February.
That snowpack, expected to last for years, will help to cushion the blow of the March ice storm, which has already left parts of the province without power.
The weather system that hit Winnipeg is expected to make it through to the end of March.
By then, a second storm will hit the province, bringing the snowpack to a record low of 0.5-1.0 cm.
It will also make the coldest February in a century, with temperatures averaging just 2 C. “That’s just a lot colder than we’ve ever seen, and it’s been the coldiest February we’ve had in Manitoba for a century,” said Oakes.