KENORA – WEATHER – Travel on the Trans-Canada Highway, from Kenora to Winnipeg will present challenges today. There is a winter storm warning in effect issued by Environment Canada.
The weather service says a winter storm will affect southern Manitoba beginning this morning. Storm total snowfall will be between 10 to 25 centimetres by Wednesday morning.
This storm is caused by a strong low pressure system that will track along the international border today, bringing heavy snow, strong winds, and blowing snow to southern Manitoba.
Snow is expected to begin in the southwest this morning and spread north and eastward throughout the day and continue into Wednesday morning.
A swath of 15 to 25 cm is likely north of the Trans-Canada and Yellowhead Highways and south of an east to west extending from Swan River to Bissett.
In addition to the snow, strong northerly winds, with gusts of 70 km/h, will develop with this system throughout today into tonight. The strongest winds will be in the Interlake and Red River valley. This will lead to visibility reductions in blowing snow lasting into Wednesday afternoon.
Winter storm warning in effect for:
- Falcon Lake and West Hawk Lake
- L.G. of Pinawa incl. Seven Sisters Falls
- Pointe du Bois
- R.M. of Lac Du Bonnet
- R.M. of Reynolds incl. Ste. Rita Hadashville and Rennie
- R.M. of Whitemouth incl. Elma
- Shoal Lake Reserves
Hazardous winter conditions are expected. Conditions will improve from west to east overnight into Wednesday as the system departs the province.
Manitoba is currently under a COVID-19 lockdown. There have been concerns raised over travel from Winnipeg into Kenora for the holiday season. The weather appears to be suggesting cancelling or postponing travel.