WINNIPEG – For travelers headed out to or from Manitoba this Thanksgiving weekend, weather is likely to be a factor. Environment Canada has issued weather advisories, and winter storm warnings for southern Manitoba. Weather conditions are expected to deteriorate over the weekend and road conditions will impact your travel plans.
10:01 AM CDT Friday 11 October 2019
Winter storm warning in effect for:
- City of Winnipeg
- City of Brandon
- Mun. of Glenboro-South Cypress incl. Treesbank
- Mun. of Norfolk Treherne
- Mun. of North Cypress-Langford incl. Neepawa and Carberry
- Mun. of North Norfolk incl. MacGregor Sidney and Austin
- Mun. of Oakland-Wawanesa incl. Carroll
- R.M. of Cornwallis west of Shilo incl. Chater
- R.M. of Elton incl. Forrest
- R.M. of Victoria incl. Holland and Cypress River
- Jackhead Res.
- Moose Creek Prov. Forest Pine Dock and Matheson Island
- Mun. of Bifrost-Riverton incl. Arborg Hnausa and Hecla
- Peguis Res. and Fisher River Res.
- R.M. of Fisher incl. Poplarfield
- R.M. of Grahamdale incl. Gypsumville Moosehorn and Camper
- R.M. of West Interlake incl. Eriksdale and Ashern
An extreme winter storm will continue to pummel parts of southern Manitoba over the next couple of days.
The most intense winter storm conditions are expected for today and tonight for the Red River Valley as a Colorado low draws closer and intensifies. The western half of the Red River Valley may be hit with an extraordinary amount of snow. Snowfall amounts for today and Friday night could exceed 50 cm, particularly towards the Manitoba escarpment. Areas closer to the Red River, including the City of Winnipeg, could get between 10 and 25 cm of wet snow mixed with ice pellets.
Very strong winds will accompany this heavy snow as well. Gusts of 70 to 80 km/h are forecast throughout southern Manitoba, and gusts over 100 km/h are possible off the Manitoba Lakes or in wind prone areas around the Riding Mountains. Travelling will become difficult if not impossible as the day wears on, with heavy, accumulating snow, strong winds and temperatures near zero resulting in treacherous conditions. The combination of heavy, wet snow and strong winds will likely result in downed trees and power lines.
The area of extreme snowfall will shift northward and westward tonight into Saturday and begin affecting a broader area through Westman and parts of the Interlake. This storm system will gradually weaken through the day on Saturday.