Parts of southern Manitoba were under weather warnings Wednesday evening as snow and winds blew into the province.

Heavily blowing snow created difficult driving conditions in many parts of the city just ahead of rush hour traffic. 

In addition, Gimli, Grand Beach, Richer, Steinbach, Victoria Beach, Arnes, Dominion City and Vita all had weather warnings in place early Wednesday evening. 

CBC meteorologist John Sauder said the snow was expected to break briefly later Thursday evening before another band of snow came in overnight. 

Totals for the two days were expected to amount to about six centimetres in Brandon and about 10 cm in Winnipeg.

Warmer temperatures on the way 

It means sub-Arctic temperatures people have become accustomed to over the past four months are moving out. And the change is starting today with temperatures expected to rise into single digits, albeit still below zero.

Sauder called for a daytime high of –6 C on Thursday in Winnipeg.

The mercury will dip back a bit on Friday and Saturday, reaching just –13 C and –11 C, respectively, but then it's back to –4 C by Sunday and similar numbers through the start of next week.

Those are nearly tropical temperatures compared to the bitter –30 C to –40 C that has gripped the province, including a wind chill last weekend that made it feel like –50 in Winnipeg.

Normal temperatures for this time of year are a daytime high of –4 C and overnight low of –14 C.