UPDATE: Friday, March 2 — The City of Winnipeg has declared a snow route parking ban beginning Sunday night and into Monday morning.
WINNIPEG — A late winter storm is brewing as we head into March, triggering Environment Canada to issue a special weather statement on Thursday for southern Manitoba.
The weather agency says a major storm system is tracking into the province beginning Sunday and persisting through Monday.
Southern Manitoba is in the path of a Colorado low as the system spreads heavy snow northwards from the U.S.
“Southern Manitoba will see multiple batches of snow over the coming days as this storm develops,” the statement says.
“The first is forecast to occur on Friday night into Saturday morning. Snow is forecast to develop in North Dakota, then lift northwards through southern Manitoba. Amounts with this band of snow are forecast to remain low, with general accumulations of up to four centimetres.”
The wide-spread weather statement includes major centres such as Winnipeg and Brandon, with reaching impacts into Virden, the Parkland region, Swan River and southeast into Steinbach and neighbouring communities.
Snow is expected to diminish on Monday night into Tuesday, but could bring between 15 to 30 centimetres by the time all is said and done.
“Wind of 30 to 40 km/h will combine with heavy snow and give reduced visibilities in blowing snow. Travel on highways will likely be impacted,” the statement concludes.
Environment Canada says to monitor local weather forecasts over the coming days as the system develops.