Most of western Manitoba is in for a day of high winds, reduced visibility, and difficult travel conditions.

Environment Canada has issued a blowing snow advisory for much of western Manitoba on Thursday. The meteorological service says that strong northwest winds with gusts of 60 to 70 km/h will combine with flurries to produce areas of reduced visibility.

The advisory says that while some areas may see prolonged and consistent periods of blowing snow others may encounter abrupt changes in visibility as bands of flurries move through.

Travellers are being advised to check highway conditions before leaving and drive with caution as the weather may deteriorate rapidly while out on the roads.

Winds will gradually diminish and conditions will improve this afternoon in western Saskatchewan, this evening in eastern Saskatchewan and overnight in western Manitoba.

Please refer to your local forecast for specific information on the strength of winds and timing of the blowing snow for your location.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.