The unseasonably balmy days that had become almost routine through October and November are set to come to a screeching halt Wednesday.

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The unseasonably balmy days that had become almost routine through October and November are set to come to a screeching halt Wednesday.

By Wednesday afternoon, a mixture of snow and rain will make it to Winnipeg, with messy weather forecast for the rest of the week. While snow likely won’t stick to the ground that day, accumulating snow is forecasted to start building up Thursday.

By Friday morning, snowfall between 10 and 20 centimetres is set to build up across the province; in the Parklands region of western Manitoba, as much as 50 cm of snow is possible and a winter storm watch has been issued for the area.

Environment Canada meteorologist Sara Hoffman said Tuesday the sudden burst of cold is the city’s entryway into its winter season and meteorologists are expecting similar snowy weather systems in the near future.

"This is the first significant system of the winter weather season, so it’s going to be important for people to prepare, and it’s going to feel kind of shocking, because we’ve had a significantly warmer than normal October and November so far has been pretty pleasant as well," she said.

The current daytime high is hovering around 8 C in Winnipeg, Hoffman said, while it’s normally around 0 C.

Hoffman recommended Winnipeggers take the brief time beforehand to prepare for the messy week ahead.

"We’re definitely looking at accumulating snowfall, so it’s time to find your shovels, it’s time to find your snow brushes and scrapers for your vehicles. If you haven’t already done so it’s a good idea to get your winter tires put on your vehicle," she said.

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Malak Abas

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Malak Abas is a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.