Snowfall warning for parts of Manitoba, light snow expected for Winnipeg

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Winnipeg morning weather outlook: Friday, Dec. 8
Don't let the warm temperatures fool you, strong winds expected across Southern Manitoba while we experience the first big snowfall of the season, with 11cm expected in Winnipeg – Dec 8, 2023

A low pressure system has brought heavy snow to southwestern and central Manitoba, along with more seasonal temperatures.

According to Environment Canada, total amounts of 10 to 15 cm are expected for Friday, but accumulations will vary as temperatures are near the freezing mark, and there may be some melting.

Affected areas of weather alerts. Environment Canada

Affected areas will see strong northerly winds gusting to 60 or 70 km/h, which will likely create reduced visibilities in blowing snow. Due to that, rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations.

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The national weather service said to be prepared to adjust driving with changing road conditions and to prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.

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To the northeastern portion of the province, there is a freezing rain warning in Island Lake. A warm front brought a period of freezing rain to the area overnight Thursday, but is expected to move out of the region by Friday morning.

Winnipeg is also expected to see some of the white stuff today. Environment Canada’s forecast for Friday says periods of rain will begin early in the morning then changing to snow in the afternoon, causing a risk of freezing rain, with snowfall amounting from 2 to 4 cm.

The high for Friday in the city is 2C, with the windchill making it feel like -11 C Friday afternoon.

Wind will also be a factor Friday in Winnipeg with northwest wind gusting from 30-50 km/h in the morning, then north 50 gusting to 70 late in the afternoon.

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