Wednesday, October 9th 2019, 8:21 pm - Snowfall totals could exceed 50 cm in southwestern Manitoba
Parts of southern Manitoba are in for an epic blast of snow in the lead up to Thanksgiving weekend, while other areas of the province and neighbouring northwestern Ontario are also in for torrential downpours -- with some areas seeing both snow AND rain over the course of this event, depending on timing. Special weather statements and snowfall warnings are already in place ahead of the system. We have the timing of this storm, and when and where to expect the worst travel conditions, below.
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- Snow begins Thursday, intensifies on Friday
- Strong winds Friday make blizzard-like conditions likely
- Areas east of Winnipeg to see downpours, city itself on the knife's edge between heavy snow and heavy rain
- Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area
WATCH BELOW: TIMING OUT THE SNOW AND RAIN IN THE COMING DAYS
After Alberta received a shot of heavy snow earlier this week, Manitoba is next in line for a significant dumping of the white stuff.
Manitobans in the province's southwest will wake up to light snow Thursday, but the big show will still be ahead, as a Colorado low south of the International Border feeds into the region.
After a brief break, the snow from the system will intensify Friday, heralding an almost continuous blast of snow lasting through to Saturday.
The heaviest parts of the province could receive as much as 50 cm of snow, with lesser, though still significant amounts over a wider area. However, people in Winnipeg should be especially attentive to the forecast over the coming days, as the map below shows:
"Winnipeg is right on the transition between rain and snow and is just as likely to see 30 cm as they are to see 5 cm, with heavy rain," Weather Network meteorologist Kevin MacKay says Wednesday afternoon.
That wide discrepancy not only in accumulations, but also whether the system's impact will be snow or rain, comes from very marginal temperatures near or just above freezing.
One thing travellers will need to keep in mind is the system's very strong winds: