Another round of snow, poor driving conditions for the southern Prairies
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 7:00 AM -
Multiple clipper systems are forecast across the Prairies this week -- and that could result in poor driving conditions.
"After a fairly quiet start to February, the weather pattern is beginning to become more active in a Prairies," says Weather Network meteorologist Gina Ressler. "A weak clipper brought some strong winds and blowing snow to southern Manitoba on Tuesday, with another clipper hot on its heels."
Snow will develop across Saskatchewan Wednesday afternoon, approaching southern Manitoba by the evening, bringing up to 10 cm in a swath between Regina and Winnipeg.
"This snow will be accompanied by fairly strong winds, so road conditions could become nasty with blowing snow and reduced visibility," Ressler adds. "It doesn’t take much snow or wind to make for very poor highway conditions across the Prairies, so travelers should be prepared."
Ressler adds that snowfall totals may exceed 10 cm in a line from Rosetown to Regina to Brandon.
Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings for southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba early Wednesday.
Meanwhile, in southern Alberta, Chinook winds will bump temperatures above the freezing mark.
"But the warm temps will be accompanied by very gusty west winds with gusts over 100 km/h likely for Pincher Creek and Lethbridge Wednesday," Ressler says.