Winter pushes into Manitoba with blizzard, snowfall warnings

Winter has arrived with a vengeance in some parts of Manitoba, with blizzard conditions expected or already occurring in the northeast corner of the province.

CBC meteorologist John Sauder says to expect about 5-10 cm of snow in Winnipeg area on Thursday

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      Winter has arrived with a vengeance in some parts of Manitoba.

      Blizzard conditions are expected or already occurring in the northeast corner of the province — Shamattawa, Gillam, York, Churchill — bringing heavy snow and strong northerly winds gusting to 90 km/h.

      Travel is expected to be hazardous until conditions begin to improve Thursday night in Churchill and Gillam. However, blizzard conditions will linger into Friday for the Shamattawa and York regions.

      A low pressure system from Saskatchewan brought heavy snow to parts of west-central and northwest Manitoba overnight, and more is expected today. Accumulations will be in the 15-25 centimetre range by the time the snow tapers off later this morning.

      Another low pressure system, this one in northwestern Ontario, will spread 10-20 cm of snow into the Island Lake region today.

      The weather warnings that covered the southern half of the province on Wednesday have been lifted but roads are icy and snow-covered. Several crashes have been reported in and around Winnipeg.

      More gusting winds and flurries are expected today, though not as much as in the north.

      About five centimetres of snow fell Wednesday and through the night in Winnipeg. Another five to 10 cm are expected today, while those in Brandon will see their snow taper off around noon.

      Winnipeg forecast for Thursday

      • Temp starts at –3 C (with a wind chill –12) and falls throughout the day.
      • Snow, blowing snow with amounts 5-10 cm.
      • Wind northwest 50 km/h gusting to 70 km/h.
      • TONIGHT cloudy.
      • 40 per cent chance of flurries in evening.
      • Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 km/h.
      • Overnight low –10 C.

      John Sauder's weather journal for Nov. 19


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