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Major winter storm expected

By Portage Daily Graphic, Portage Daily Graphic

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement ahead of a Colorado Low that is expected to bring significant snowfall to the region.

According to the alert, a major winter storm is expected to begin Sunday evening and persisting through Monday and beyond.

A weather disturbance from Saskatchewan will spread some accumulating snow into southern Manitoba this weekend but a much more significant system will approach southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba late Sunday.

Environment Canada says this winter storm will bring a prolonged period of heavy snow, strong winds, and blowing snow to parts of the southeastern Prairies starting Sunday night and possibly persisting into Tuesday.

Colorado Lows can be notoriously difficult to forecast in general and there is an unusually high degree of uncertainty with this particular weather system. It will be some time before the weather intensity and the exact area of its greatest impact can be predicted with confidence. 

Total snowfall amounts of 15-30 cm should be expected and heavier local snowfall amounts are possible. Periods of poor visibilities in blowing snow will also affect travel Monday and Tuesday and prolonged blizzard conditions may occur in parts of Southern Manitoba.

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

Special weather statement issued for:

Mun. of North Cypress-Langford incl. Neepawa and Carberry

Mun. of Glenboro-South Cypress incl. Treesbank

Mun. of North Norfolk incl. MacGregor Sidney and Austin

Mun. of Norfolk Treherne)

R.M. of Victoria incl. Holland and Cypress River

R.M. of Portage la Prairie incl. St. Ambroise

R.M. of Cartier incl. Elie St. Eustache and Springstein

R.M. of Grey incl. St. Claude Elm Creek and Fannystelle

Mun. of Glenella-Lansdowne incl. Arden and Tenby

Mun. of WestLake-Gladstone incl. Plumas and Langruth


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