Major winter storm expected to hit southern Manitoba

WINNIPEG — The dry spell is over, and the winter weather is coming.

Environment Canada has issued a number of winter storm watches and warnings for southern Manitoba starting Monday.

The storm is expected to bring significant snowfall and blowing snow. According to Environment Canada, the snow, heavy at times, is set to begin Monday evening and continue through Wednesday.

On Monday afternoon, Manitoba RCMP tweeted out a picture of the snow in the Brandon area.

For Winnipeg, Monday will be cloudy with a chance of flurries later in the day with snow expected to start Monday evening and continue through Tuesday. 5-10 cm is expected to be on the ground by Tuesday morning with another 5-10cm coming Tuesday. Unfortunately for commuters, throughout Tuesday winds are expected to be quite strong and with the heaviest snow expected around Winnipeg Tuesday morning, visibility on the roads will be a major issue.

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In Brandon and Wesman, the majority of the snow will fall Monday and Monday night. Winds will be very strong Tuesday as well but there will be less new snow falling. Nonetheless, with 10-20 cm expected by Tuesday, blowing snow could be an issue.

“In general total amounts of 15 to 30 cm are possible through Wednesday,” Environment Canada said in a media release.

The snow and wind are set to calm down Wednesday evening, but that’s not all for Winnipegers. The snow can be expected to be replaced with lows below -20°C and wind chill values in the -30 to -35 range.

The unusually warm winter was fun while it lasted, but the cold snap is expected to hit Winnipegers Monday. However, Winnipegers were given a little taste of it Sunday with the wet snow and slush that took over the streets.

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