Alberta Clipper prompts special weather statement, snowfall warnings issued in some areas
Environment Canada has issued another special weather statement in front of a wild mix of weather headed through the prairies. Some areas have also been issued a snowfall warning. A 30-degree swing in temperature is expected, with a daytime high of plus four currently forecasted for Monday in Winnipeg. Temperatures will quickly plummet to -20 on Monday night. By Tuesday evening it could be as cold as -27, with wind chill values well into the -30s. The quick-moving storm is expected to impact travel across Manitoba and Saskatchewan. From Environment Canada The unseasonably mild weather that has distinguished so much of this February will give way to active winter weather beginning Sunday night. An intense, fast-moving Alberta clipper system is forecast to develop Sunday night and cross the Prairies on Monday. Current indications for central Manitoba [such as Swan River] show 10 to 20 cm of fresh snow falling Sunday night through Tuesday morning. Visibility reductions in snow and blowing snow are likely as blustery easterly and then northerly winds gusting up to 70 km/h accompany the system. Travel will be impacted. Notably, the mild temperatures ahead of the system this weekend will plummet rapidly once the clipper passes by on Monday. Morning low temperatures on Tuesday will be closing in on the -25 degree Celsius mark along with wind chill values nearing -30 to -35. The bitter cold looks to last a couple days before moderating late in the week. Additional warnings and advisories will be issued, as necessary, as the event approaches. Snowfall warning issued for Mun. of Minitonas-Bowsman incl. Renwer, MB Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected. An intense, Alberta clipper system is set to track across the prairies starting Sunday night. Snow, heavy at times, is expected to fall north of this system, through portions of east-central Saskatchewan and west-central Manitoba beginning Sunday evening. Approximately 10 cm of snow is expected predominantly north of the number 5 highway through the Humboldt and Kamsack regions by Monday morning. The Hudson Bay and Swan River regions can expect similar accumulations by Monday morning as well. Along with the snow, northerly gusts ranging from 40 to 60 km/h will produce reductions in visibility due to snow and blowing snow on Monday. Temperatures will fall to values well below seasonal Monday. Wind chill values of minus 30 are expected Monday night with even colder values likely by early Wednesday morning. The bitter cold will moderate later in the week. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over 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.