Residents in southern Manitoba will need to be careful driving this evening with the blowing snow and northern Manitoba is under an extreme cold warning tonight. 

"There's a blowing snow advisory out right now," says Alysa Pederson, a Meteorologist with Environment Canada. "It encompasses much of southern Saskatchewan and then the southwest part of Manitoba."

Areas affected in the advisory are places in the Red River Valley, such as Steinbach, Emerson, and all the way West to Turtle Mountain and Brandon.

"There isn't too much for freshly fallen snow with this event. We have a cold front moving through Saskatchewan right now. That's going to continue moving east through Manitoba this evening and behind it, we're getting winds of 60-70 km/h."

The intense winds will cause the potential for frostbite, as well as picking up any of the loose snow and blowing it around, causing drifts and reducing visibility. 

"It'll be spotty if you have to travel in southwestern Manitoba tonight. Late tonight is when it impacts the Red River Valley and areas south of Winnipeg."

Environment Canada also issued an extreme cold warning this evening and overnight for Lake Winnipeg, Dauphin, Minnedosa, and Swan River. They will be seeing wind chills up to - 40 degrees.