Winnipeg, and much of southern and parts of central Manitoba, are officially under a snow warning.
Environment and Climate Change Canada issued the snowfall warning Wednesday night, warning that the city could see up to 12 inches of snow and that the snowfall will last until Friday.
The city is expected to see around 5-10 cm on Thursday and parts of Manitoba could reach more than 30 cm on Friday morning.
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Environment Canada also issued a snowfall advisory for other areas of Manitoba. See the full list of snow warnings here.
The impending storm will bring wind, rain, sleet and snow to southern Manitoba, and we can blame the systems coming from our cousins to the west and south.
Environment Canada told Global News on Wednesday that the Parklands: Dauphin and St. Rose area is likely to still see the worst with 12 to 16 inches of snow.
Here in Winnipeg, the snowfall will get worse through Thursday, with wind gusts of 60 kilometers per hour and snow.
“Things will wind down quickly on Friday morning, then we’ll have another batch of warmer air pushing in on Saturday that could bring us a big swath of snow, but not as bad as this one,” said an Environment Canada spokesman.
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Roads are likely to be unkempt and cluttered, thanks to the higher-than-normal temperatures that keep the ground warm.
Some road safety tips from Manitoba Public Insurance:
- Before hitting the road, check the road and weather conditions by calling 511.
- Be careful when traveling over flyovers and bridges. The surfaces of these structures can freeze quickly due to a lack of insulation from the soil.
- Do not rush. Take an extra five to 10 minutes to get to your destination safely.
- Look where you are going. At this time of year, keeping your windshields clear is essential, so be sure to fill the windshield washer fluid level and that your windows are free of snow and ice.
- Allow more time to stop. Traction is reduced when roads are slippery and it takes longer to come to a complete stop. If you don’t have winter tires, it’s not too late to get them.
- Leave more space. Do not raise the tailgate at any time and remember that the following distance should be increased when traveling at higher speeds or in poor visibility.
With files from Elisha Dacey
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