Special Weather Advisory Issued for Winnipeg and Southern Manitoba: Freezing Rain and Snowfall Expected

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Winter Weather Update

Developing System from Alberta to Bring Unsettled Weather Over the Weekend

WINNIPEG – WEATHER – If you are travelling to Manitoba an Alberta Clipper is likely to impact your travel plans. Residents in Winnipeg and across Southern Manitoba are being alerted about a special weather advisory as a developing system is forecast to bring freezing rain and snowfall to the region this weekend. The advisory extends right to the Ontario provincial boundary, with advisories for Ontario likely as the system moves eastward.

Weather Dynamics:

A low-pressure system taking shape over Alberta on Saturday is anticipated to usher in a large area of freezing rain to parts of southwest Manitoba and the Red River Valley by Sunday. The freezing rain is forecasted to initiate early on Sunday morning, spreading eastward with the advancement of the low pressure system. Areas north of the freezing rain belt are expected to see snow, potentially heavy at times, extending from western Manitoba through the inter-kake region.

Uncertainties and Implications:

The weather outlook for the weekend is currently marred with significant uncertainty due to a notable range of weather model solutions regarding the timing, temperature, and location of the system. Even a slight variation in temperature, as minor as a single degree, holds the potential to significantly alter the type of precipitation that will fall.

Preparedness and Caution:

Given the impending weather conditions, residents are advised to stay updated with the latest weather forecasts, especially if planning to travel. It’s prudent to prepare for slippery road conditions and reduced visibility in the event of freezing rain or snow.

Wardrobe Suggestions:

For those venturing out, it’s advisable to dress in layers, wear water-resistant outer layers, and have sturdy, non-slip footwear to navigate slippery conditions. Keeping a pair of sunglasses handy will help combat glare from snow on sunny intervals.

Future Updates:

As the system develops and moves closer, the weather advisory may be updated or escalated to a warning. Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to local weather updates and advisories as the weekend approaches, ensuring a safe and prepared response to the changing weather conditions.

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