Heavy snowfall today and near-blizzard conditions tonight. This is a warning that dangerous winter weather conditions are imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions...Listen for updated statements.
A low pressure system will cross the Prairies over the next day or so, bringing with it snow and blowing snow. The main axis of heavy snowfall will be on and near a line from Russell to Selkirk to Whiteshell Provincial Park. A total of 10 to 15 cm is expected in these regions, beginning this morning and ending this evening. After the main snowfall occurs, the low pressure system will pass by, and winds will shift to the north late this afternoon, with winds gusting to 60 or 70 km/h. The winds will likely be strongest in the Red River Valley, where blowing snow will occur. Areas close to the international border will likely see the longest duration of blowing snow and the lowest visibilities. Visibilities are expected to be near zero at times this evening and early tonight. Farther north, near Winnipeg and the Southern Manitoba lakes, visibilities will also be reduced in blowing snow, but likely not to lower than 400 metres for a duration of 4 hours, the requirement f or a blizzard warning. Visibilities should improve and winds diminish throughout the night tonight, as yet another blast of very cold Arctic air is ushered in for the weekend.
Please refer to the latest public forecasts for further details.