Manitobans are being cautioned to adjust travel plans and get ready for a stormy Sunday.
Environment Canada has issued several freezing rain warnings as well as snowfall warnings. The national forecaster had issued a special weather statement earlier in the day, giving a heads-up that a low pressure system forming in Alberta would likely bring difficult weather on Sunday.
Areas further south, from Westman to Central Plains are under a freezing rain warning.
Areas further north, from Swan River to the Interlake are currently under a snowfall warning.
The special weather statement was ended for other regions outside of the warning, including the City of Winnipeg and areas east. However, snow or rain is expected for these regions and watches or warnings could still be forthcoming.
From Environment Canada
3:39 p.m. - Freezing rain warning issued for:
Virden - Souris, Man. (051100)
Brandon - Neepawa - Carberry - Treherne, Man. (051200)
Killarney - Pilot Mound - Manitou, Man. (051400)
Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman, Man. (052300)
Morden - Winkler - Altona - Morris, Man. (052500)
Minnedosa - Riding Mountain National Park, Man. (055200)
Freezing rain is expected.
Locations: Southwestern Manitoba and the western Red River Valley.
Time span: Early Sunday morning through Sunday afternoon.
Remarks: On Sunday, a low pressure system is set to travel eastward through southern Manitoba, bringing with it an area of accumulating freezing rain. The freezing rain is anticipated to start in southwestern Manitoba early Sunday morning, gradually spreading eastward throughout the day. The transition of freezing rain to rain is expected in the southwest and through the Red River Valley early Sunday afternoon as temperatures rise above the freezing mark.
As the low pressure system progresses eastward and exits the province, a gradual reduction in freezing rain by Sunday afternoon is expected.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break.
Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.
Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.
3:46 p.m. - Snowfall warning issued for:
Arborg - Hecla - Fisher River - Gypsumville - Ashern, Man. (054200)
Dauphin - Russell - Roblin - Winnipegosis, Man. (055100)
Ste. Rose - McCreary - Alonsa - Gladstone, Man. (055300)
Swan River - Duck Mountain - Porcupine Provincial Forest, Man. (056200)
Significant snowfall is expected over some areas.
Total snowfall: Amounts near or exceeding 10 cm.
Locations: West-central regions into the central Interlake.
Time span: Sunday morning through to Sunday evening.
Remarks: A low pressure system moving eastward across the province is expected to bring with it a swath of heavy snowfall. It is projected that amounts could reach or exceed 10 cm, notably in areas of higher terrain west of Lake Winnipegosis and through the Arborg and Fisher Branch regions.
The snowfall is expected to commence on Sunday morning and persist throughout the day, gradually tapering off as Sunday night approaches. Additionally, there is a risk of freezing rain associated with this system for those in the Dauphin and Ste. Rose regions on Sunday morning.
Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.
Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Take frequent breaks and avoid strain when clearing snow.
Snowfall warnings are issued when significant snowfall is expected.