We’ve had it easy for long enough weather-wise and now Mother Nature is ready to pack a wintry punch.
Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Winnipeg and much of southern and southwestern Manitoba. The swath of snow is part of a low-pressure system moving eastward along the international border in Saskatchewan towards Manitoba.
The system is on track to bring up to 15 to 30 cm of snow into Manitoba beginning on Monday.
“Snow, heavy at times, will begin Monday evening and continue through Wednesday over the watched area. More uncertainty remains in the final track of this system through southeastern Manitoba, but in general total amounts of 15 to 30 cm are possible through Wednesday,” Environment Canada says.
The precipitation is expected to last on and off through mid-week, combined with northernly wind gusts to 60 or 70 km/h developing early Tuesday over the Interlake and Red River Valley areas.
“The snow and wind will gradually ease Wednesday night. Bitterly cold arctic air sweeps in behind this system, with lows below -20 degrees Celsius expected by the end of the week accompanied by wind chill values in the -30 to -35 range,” the statement continues.
Winnipeg woke up to a dusting of wet snow early Sunday, which tapered off by the afternoon.
For updated road and travel conditions throughout the province, visit Manitoba511.ca.