Southern Manitoba is in for another round of significant snowfall Sunday into Monday.

Environment Canada has issued a blowing snow advisory for most of Southern Manitoba. A cold front will bring blowing snow and strong northwest winds of 40-50 km/h to western Manitoba beginning this evening. Blowing snow is expected to diminish Tuesday evening when the winds abate. Visibilities will be reduced to 800 metres or less at times.

Blowing snow advisories may be issued for regions to the east as the cold front tracks eastward.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

“This winter storm will be packing a fair amount of moisture, so have your snow shovels and snowblowers ready for the aftermath,” said CMOS Accredited Weathercaster Chris Sumner. “Right now the forecast models are indicating the highest amounts will fall east of the Red River, toward the Ontario border, but all areas within the Warning will receive a good amount of flaky, white stuff.”

Snow will begin Sunday afternoon, and intensify this evening and overnight into Monday. Strong southerly winds will also develop, causing poor visibility.

The snow will taper off Monday morning, but blowing snow will be a concern for most of the day with gusty winds up to 50 kilometers per hour.


“And yes, I realize the big question everyone has right now is whether this storm will impact the first day back to school after Christmas break,” noted Sumner. “Those decisions are made by the respective school divisions the morning of, and shared with DiscoverWestman, so I would encourage parents to keep an eye on the site Monday morning for the latest information regarding any potential school cancellations.”

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