Manitoba faces freezing rain, snowfall warnings

There's a band coming to Manitoba but it's not likely to elicit many cheers.

System will enter south-central Manitoba Thursday afternoon and move east until Friday morning

The freezing rain will mostly be relatively light and patchy, but some regions in Manitoba could see prolonged periods of it, Environment Canada forecasts. (Jean-Pierre Robin/Radio-Canada)

There's a band coming to Manitoba but it's not likely to elicit many cheers.

A low-pressure system is moving through south-central Manitoba, spreading a band of freezing rain along its track, a warning from Environment Canada says.

It will first hit the province west of Lake Winnipegosis on Thursday afternoon and spread east until Friday morning, before moving into Ontario.

While the freezing rain is expected to be relatively light, it could persist for more than six hours in some regions, resulting in ice buildup, the Environment Canada warning states.

The areas in red in central Manitoba are under a freezing rain warning while the areas in northern Manitoba are under a snowfall warning. (Environment Canada)

​The highest-risk areas are around Swan River, the central and northern Interlake, and east of Lake Winnipeg.

Although the freezing precipitation is expected to end by Friday, the weather isn't likely to improve a great deal. A cold front will arrive, bringing flurries, gusty northwesterly winds and cooler temperatures.

Meanwhile, areas in northwest and north-central Manitoba are under a snowfall warning.

The flurries should begin Thursday afternoon and are expected to be heavy at times, reducing visibility, the warning says.

The heaviest snow is forecast to leave the region Thursday evening, leaving behind light snow that will persist through the night before tapering off to flurries on Friday morning.

A total of 10 to 15 centimetres of snow is expected.

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