WINNIPEG - Environment Canada has issued the following winter storm warning for Winnipeg and much of southern Manitoba:
Hazardous winter conditions are expected.
Gusty northerly winds and freshly fallen snow will reduce visibilities in the Red River Valley this afternoon and evening.
The same low pressure system responsible for the snow in southern Manitoba this morning will also produce gusty winds in the Red River Valley this afternoon. The combination of 10 to 15 cm of fresh snow along with winds gusting up to 80 km/h at times will produce blowing snow that will severely hamper visibilities on highways. Even within the city of Winnipeg, visibilities will likely be reduced by blowing snow, especially downwind of open areas.
Gusts will begin to diminish later this evening, leading to improved visibilities by Wednesday morning. Blizzard conditions are not expected at this time but current warnings may be upgraded if conditions deteriorate this afternoon. Please continue to monitor your local forecast for updates.
Lastly, a reminder that bitterly cold temperatures are still expected to return following this storm system. An arctic ridge of high pressure will clear skies and drop temperatures into the minus twenties starting tonight. Wind chill values will approach the minus forty mark once again before temperatures moderate somewhat near the end of the week.
Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.