Cold Arctic Air Moving into Southern Manitoba

By Sarah Klein

Manitoba can expect near normal temperatures and precipitation this winter. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

UPDATE: 3:24 p.m. — The statement has ended.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Tuesday for Winnipeg and parts of southern Manitoba.

A blast of cold Arctic air is making its way into the prairies, bringing localized lake flurries to parts of the province today and Wednesday.

“As this cold wind shifts from northeasterly to a more northerly direction later today, bands of flurries will develop over the larger Manitoba lakes and then push southward over the Red River Valley,” the statement reads. “The most intense bands of these lake effect flurries will be limited to areas due south of the larger Manitoba lakes.”

The following areas are included in the statement:

  • City of Winnipeg
  • Selkirk – Gimli – Stonewall – Woodlands – Eriksdale, Man
  • Portage la Prairie – Headingley – Brunkild – CarmanDugald – Beausejour – Grand Beach
  • Morden – Winkler – Altona – Emerson – Morris
  • Steinbach – St. Adolphe – Dominion City – Vita – Richer
  • Arborg – Hecla – Fisher River – Gypsumville – Ashern

These flurries can be quite locally intense and suddenly give very low visibilities. As well, they can give very localized total snowfall accumulations of 5 possibly 10 cm beginning this afternoon, and persisting tonight and into Wednesday.

The national forecaster says Winnipeg will avoid the strongest flurries, but will likely see a few centimetres of snow accumulation as weaker bands of flurries swing through the area.