Storm system on the way for Westman Monday night

By: Q Country/Star FM News
Posted: January 17, 2022 03:34

Heavy snow, strong winds and possible blizzard-like conditions

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Environment Canada is warning about a storm system heading into western Manitoba. It could bring us heavy snow, strong winds, and potentially blizzard-like conditions for parts of southern Manitoba beginning Monday night.

A Special weather statement for:

City of Brandon
Mun. of Glenboro-South Cypress incl. Treesbank
Mun. of Norfolk Treherne
Mun. of North Cypress-Langford incl. Neepawa and Carberry
Mun. of North Norfolk incl. MacGregor Sidney and Austin
Mun. of Oakland-Wawanesa incl. Carroll
R.M. of Cornwallis west of Shilo incl. Chater
R.M. of Elton incl. Forrest
R.M. of Victoria incl. Holland and Cypress River

A low pressure system will move across the Prairies Monday night bringing a heavy swath of snow from eastern Saskatchewan southeastward to Lake of the Woods. The axis of heaviest snow will include the Parkland region of Manitoba, much of the Red River Valley including Winnipeg, and the Whiteshell. Storm-total snowfall accumulations through these areas of 10 to 20 cm are possible.

As the low moves to the southeast on Tuesday, strong northwesterly winds will develop over the region. Widespread winds of 40 to 50 km/h are likely, with the strongest winds being in the Red River Valley with gusts of up to 80 km/h possible on Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night.

These strong winds, combined with freshly fallen snow, will produce a widespread area of blowing snow. Blizzard conditions are possible in the Red River Valley Tuesday afternoon and is likely to result in a deterioration of travel conditions.

Conditions will improve Wednesday morning as the winds taper off. Behind this system, another surge of arctic air will move into the Prairies. Overnight lows will drop to near minus 30 midweek, then milder temperatures will return to the region for the end of the week,

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to MBstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #MBStorm.

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