Southern Manitoba in Store for Wild Winter Weather

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: People walk through the snow in Manhattan's East Village December 27, 2010 in New York City. A blizzard pounded the East Coast of the United States delivering 20 inches of snow to New York City while snarling post-Christmas travel. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The New Year could come in like a lion on Saturday, as an Alberta clipper and Colorado low are forecast for later this week.

Environment Canada is predicting two to four centimetres of snow for southern Manitoba beginning tonight, with a 60 percent chance of flurries on Thursday.

The storm system was previously expected to continue into Friday, bringing with it another five to 10 centimetres by Saturday, but the forecast has since changed for the better. The weekend is now calling for sunny skies and no precipitation.

High winds are also in the forecast, dusting up to 60 km/h and bringing cooler air.

Luckily, the storm isn’t expected to be as bad as what New York was hit with earlier this week (above).

By early Wednesday, Morden, Winkler, Altona, Emerson, Morris, Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Dominion City, Vita and Richer were under winter storm warnings.

If your plans to ring in 2011 include driving out of town, consult the Manitoba Highways website before you leave.