Thursday, October 10th 2019, 8:55 pm - A potent Colorado low has begun making its mark on Manitoba.
Winter storm watches and warnings blanket southern Manitoba, including Winnipeg, as a potent stateside system targets the province with heavy snow and dangerous blizzard conditions. The province already saw some heavy, wet snow and ramping-up winds Thursday, but the worst of the storm is still to come Friday, with unsettled conditions expected to linger right into the Thanksgiving long weekend ahead. More on the timing of this system and just how much snow this system threatens, below.
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- Snow intensifies through Friday
- Strong winds Friday make blizzard-like conditions likely, peaking Friday
- Areas east of Winnipeg to see heavy 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
This storm already began making itself felt in southern Manitoba on Thursday, with heavy snow and gusty winds making travel difficult and leaving thousands of customers in the dark.
The slow storm motion and northerly track will result in a well defined east-west snow gradient across central Manitoba, Which will likely encompass. The city is on such a knife's edge that western parts of the city could see up to 40 cm through the weekend, while the eastern side could see more rain than snow.
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The heaviest snow will occur through the day Friday with a slight shift in the storm track to the west.
"The greatest accumulations will likely be between the North Dakota border and Highway 1, between Brandon and Portage la Prairie where 50+ cm is possible through Saturday," warns Weather Network meteorologist Kevin MacKay. "Accumulations of 20-30 cm will extend westward into Saskatchewan and slowly diminish to zero in Regina."
Strong winds with gusts up to 60 km/h will also continue through Saturday with the strongest gusts of 80+ km/h picking up during the day on Friday. This will likely lead to blizzard conditions south of Lake Manitoba and along the Trans-Canada Highway.