Areas of Manitoba including Steinbach and Winkler are currently under a blizzard warning, with blizzard conditions expected to develop Tuesday evening.
A strong low-pressure system will track along the International border today bringing heavy snow, strong winds, and blowing snow to southern Manitoba. The heaviest snowfall amounts are expected to fall north of the Trans-Canada and Yellowhead Highways and south of an east to west line through Swan River. A swath of 15 to 25 cm is likely by Wednesday morning in these areas. South of the Trans-Canada Highway to the International border amounts will be less ranging from 5 to 10 cm.
In addition to the snow, strong northerly winds, with gusts to 80 km/h, will develop tonight creating widespread blowing snow. Blizzard conditions are expected along with much colder temperatures. Blizzard conditions are expected to gradually improve late Wednesday afternoon as winds begin to moderate.
Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility, with near-zero visibility possible at times in all parts of southern Manitoba.
If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. If you do travel and become lost, remain where you are until the blizzard has passed. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone.
The City of Winnipeg and other areas including the City of Brandon are under a blowing snow advisory.
Poor visibility in snow and blowing snow is expected or occurring in some locations.
A strong arctic cold front will work its way across the prairies later this afternoon and this evening. As it crosses the region strong northerly winds, gusting up to 70 km/h, will combine with falling snow to create poor visibilities in blowing snow. Near blizzard conditions may be possible at times especially late this afternoon and early this evening in open areas.
Current watches and warnings
Areas in red are under a blizzard or winter storm warning. Areas in grey are under a blowing snow advisory. This map is automatically updated by Environment Canada. Refresh the page for the latest details.