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Blizzard conditions make for dangerous travel in Manitoba

Thursday, March 14th 2019, 11:12 am - Parts of Manitoba are contending with another hefty dose of winter as blizzard and snowfall warnings cover southern sections of the province.

A powerful Colorado low that has caused severe winter storm conditions throughout parts of the United States is now making its mark across parts of southern Manitoba. Snowfall and blizzard warnings were issued early Thursday with dangerous travel conditions expected throughout the day. More on the snowfall amounts and where the driving could get especially tricky, below.

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WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Heavy snow continues to scrape southeastern sections of Manitoba through Thursday
  • Blowing snow and reduced visibility prompts blizzard warnings, hazardous travel expected
  • Latest watches and warnings HERE

WATCH BELOW: GUSTY WINDS CREATE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW

This massive and far-reaching storm hit parts of Manitoba late Wednesday night, with the bulk of the system moving through the region on Thursday.

Blizzard and snowfall warnings are in effect for the province's southeast, with blowing snow expected to impact adjacent areas, including the city of Winnipeg.

The most southeastern regions of the province can expect to see between 10 to 20 cm of snow, while Winnipeg and surrounding areas will see around 5-10 cm. Regions westward will likely see trace amounts up to 2 cm. Snowfall associated with this system is expected to ease up through the afternoon hours, although drivers can expect travel conditions to remain hazardous.

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Strong northerly winds combined with the freshly fallen snow will continue to bring blizzard-like conditions throughout the day on Thursday.

"Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility," warns Environment Canada. "If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance."

Winds will slowly begin to ease up during the pre-dawn hours on Friday with a mix of sun and cloud expected to kick off the weekend. Daytime highs next week will be hovering around or slightly above zero.

Stay with us here at The Weather Network for your latest forecast updates.

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