The idea of seeing accumulating snow before the end of October is already tough to swallow for most, especially considering the above average temperatures throughout the last several weeks, but Environment Canada issuing a Snowfall Warning for much of Southern Manitoba is, perhaps, just a little much for this time of year.

10 to 20 cm is expected for portions of southern Manitoba on Wednesday, with additional accumulations expected in the Red River Valley and Southeastern Manitoba Thursday. The Snowfall Warning extends from the Saskatchewan border to the Red River, south of Highway 23, except in Westman where the warning extends to the Souris and Brandon region.

"A Montana low pressure system will begin to spread accumulating snow to southwestern Manitoba Wednesday morning before spreading to the Red River Valley in the afternoon and ending overnight," stated the Warning. "Areas closest to the American border will see the highest amounts, with 24 hour total snowfall accumulations close to 20 cm."

The forecaster noted the same area is expected to receive another round of snowfall beginning Thursday evening.

"This early snowfall is a reminder winter is just around the corner, and residents are encouraged to prepare for winter driving conditions and falling temperatures," concluded the Warning.

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