Heavy snow, blizzard conditions blast parts of the Prairies this weekend
Friday, January 3, 2014, 9:53 AM -
Blizzard, snowfall and winter storm warnings cover much of southern Manitoba on Friday.
"A low pressure system will cross the Prairies over the next day or so, bringing with it snow and blowing snow," said Environment Canada in the warning early Friday.
The heaviest snow is expected near a line from Russell to Selkirk to Whiteshell Provincial Park, with up to 15 cm expected.
It's the strong winds gusting to 60-70 km/h however, that will create blowing snow and dangerous travel conditions.
"Areas close to the international border will likely see the longest duration of blowing snow and the lowest visibilities," EC adds.
Visibilities are expected to be near zero at times through Friday evening.
"Farther north, near Winnipeg and the southern Manitoba Lakes, visibilities will also be reduced in blowing snow, but likely not to be lower than 400 metres for a duration of 4 hours, the requirement for a blizzard warnings," says EC.
SNOW IN ALBERTA AND SASKATCHEWAN
A snowfall warning has also been issued for the Yorkton and Kamsack regions of Saskatchewan, while heavy snow is expected along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, from Jasper to the Crownest Pass with upwards of 15 cm possible.
The snow began falling in some places through the overnight hours on Thursday and motorists in the Calgary region were reporting whiteout conditions early Friday.