Winter storm and snowfall warnings remain in effect across southern and central Manitoba Sunday ahead of a Colorado low that could leave up to 50 cm of snow in some localized areas of the province.
CBC Meteorologist John Sauder says 15 to 25 cm of snow could fall in the Winnipeg area and Red River Valley from Sunday night through Monday night, but a slight change in the track of the system could leave Brandon and the Westman region digging out from up to 30 cm.
"The timing really hasn't changed a lot, but what has changed is the track of the system," Sauder said Sunday morning. "By late tonight, the centre of the low is right in the tri-border area between Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the U.S."
"Farther west means more snow for areas like Brandon and Dauphin and right up through the Riding Mountain and of course into southeastern Saskatchewan and a little bit less … for the Red River Valley and areas out east of the Red River Valley," Sauder added.
Snowfall warning for Wpg. Ad winter storm warning to that in the west around #brandon. Track of #ColoradoLow has shifted farther west. In RRV 15cm likely by late Mon. More like 30cm west. #cbcmb #mbstorm— @johnsauderCBC
Heavy snow and high winds expected for much of Manitoba over next two days. If you experience a power outage, please report at https://t.co/ZP2m0B9gPI. The more reports we get the faster we can pinpoint the cause and begin repairs. #mboutage #MBStorm— @manitobahydro
Some areas will also see winds gusting as high as 60 to 70 km/h, which could create poor visibility on roads and highways when combined with the fresh snow.
"Highway travel during this time period Sunday night and through the day Monday is really going to be tough," Sauder said. "We're talking some blowing snow, heavy snowfall amounts, heavy snowfall period."
Sauder said the easterly wind could also enhance snowfall in higher terrain, like Riding Mountain, and said localized amounts of 40 or 50 cm possible with the storm.
Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning on Saturday, which continued as of 11 a.m CT Sunday for the Brandon, Neepawa, Carberry, Treherne, Dauphin, Russel, Roblin, Winnipegosis, Minnedosa, Riding Mountain National Park, Ste. Rose, McCreary, Alonsa, Gladstone, Swan River, Duck Mountain, Virden and Souris regions.
Everyone else, including Winnipeg, is under a snowfall warning, according to Environment Canada.
Sauder said the stormy weather should start to taper off on Monday evening.
"It really starts to let up on Monday night," he said. "It's going to clear quite quickly on Monday night and Tuesday."
City ready for snowfall
The city of Winnipeg has up to 200 pieces of equipment at the ready for when the snow starts to fly.
"We're ready for whatever mother nature dishes out," said Ken Allen, a spokesperson for the city's public works department.
"Our first line of defence is going to be our salting operation," Allen said Sunday. "Once the snow begins to accumulate on the roadway, we'll likely be moving into our truck plowing operation very quickly after that."
Allen said the city's snow route parking ban has also been reinstated. The ban, which is normally in effect between December 1 and March 1, prohibits parking on streets designated as snow routes between midnight and 7 a.m.
He said the ban will be put into effect at midnight and will likely be lifted sometime on Wednesday.
"Our crews are ready," Allen reiterated. "We have ample material here for our operation tonight and tomorrow and crews and equipment are ready to go."