Winnipeg prepares for heavy snow: Environment Canada

Winnipeg prepares for heavy snow: Environment Canada

A lot of snow is coming to Winnipeg and southern Manitoba.

Winnipeg shovellers

Environment Canada placed Winnipeg under a special weather advisory Tuesday, warning days of snowfall.

Environment Canada placed Winnipeg under a special weather advisory Tuesday, warning days of snowfall starting Tuesday night could bring as much as four centimetres of snow Wednesday morning.

But that’s just the beginning, says Environment Canada meteorologist Danielle Desjardins.

“We are going to see a prolonged period of snow here in southern Manitoba,” Desjardins told 680 CJOB Tuesday afternoon.

“In general, we’re looking at 20 to 30 centimetres across southern Manitoba. Winnipeg itself looks to be in the 15-to-20 centimetre range for the storm totals.”

Winnipeg snow clearance

The surge of winter weather is part of a strong air pressure system coming from below the border that will bring snowfall and icy conditions to some Canadian provinces, Environment Canada meteorologist Steven Flisfeder said.

Flisfeder said the atmosphere pressure system — known as the Colorado low — typically forms east of the American Rockies before making its way towards Winnipeg, towards the Great Lakes.

“The impacts associated with it are going to be widespread,” he said in a phone interview.

“It’s gonna be touching anywhere from far southeastern Saskatchewan all the way to the Maritimes. As the system progresses eastward, southern Quebec will be affected before it finally makes its way toward New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.”

Winnipeg snowblower

While the snowfall should be spread out over Winnipeg through the week, there are heavier periods forecast during the days.

Warmer temperatures forecast for the city this week will make the Winnipeg snow wet and heavy.

The City of Winnipeg said crews are ready to deal with the expected snowfall.

“Accumulations of snow will be monitored and further decisions will be made as the weather system passes through the city,” the city said.

“Motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and to use extreme caution when driving near heavy equipment.”

The city’s winter route parking ban remains in effect daily from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Desjardins says Winnipeg will likely return to more normal temperatures — daytime highs in the low minus teens to minus 20s  — by next week.

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