WINNIPEG, MB - Environment Canada issued has extended a special weather statement because of a major winter storm that is expected to hit Winnipeg beginning Sunday evening.
A entirely different storm will spread a variety of weather into southern Manitoba this weekend. Accumulating snow will affect some areas, and fog and freezing drizzle are also likely this weekend. Travel may be affected in some localities. .
The more significant system, a Colorado Low, is expected to hit southern Manitoba late Sunday. This winter storm will bring heavy snow, strong winds, and blowing snow to much of southern Manitoba and possibly persisting into Tuesday.
You can track the storm by visiting the Manitoba Post weather section and clicking on the "radar".
Total snowfall amounts for Winnipeg could be 15 to 30 cm with heavier local snowfall amounts possible.
These pending storms has prompted The City of Winnipeg to declare a snow route parking ban. Here is what the City said in a news release; "In order to facilitate a major snow clearing operation on main routes, bus routes and collector streets, a Declared Snow Route Parking Ban will be in effect starting Sunday night into Monday morning (begins at midnight on Monday March 5)."
The Province also release a statement: "The priority is to clear driving lanes first, then shoulders, removing snow from bridges and snow adjacent to guard rails and from other built up locations. Sanding, salting and de-icing activities continue as required."
Environment Canada does admit a Colorado Lows can be notoriously difficult to forecast in general and there is an unusually high degree of uncertainty with this particular weather system.
Kevin Klein, Manitoba Post