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Winter Storm Hits Area

Unfortunately, we are going to have to pull out our parkas out again as Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for the region.

A strong low-pressure system and cold front track is sweeping across the central Prairies. Mild temperatures and rain showers will quickly give way to severe winds, heavy snow, and blowing snow this morning as the front passes by. Severe northwesterly winds gusting to 100 km/h will develop by midday and persist for the day.

Sudden, significant reductions in visibility due to snow and blowing snow are likely and whiteout conditions will be possible at times. Meanwhile, temperatures will quickly fall below zero, leading to a rapid freeze of surfaces such as roadways and walkways throughout the storm. The worst of the winds, snow, and blowing snow will continue into the evening before finally easing through the night. Final snowfall totals of about 10 to 15 cm are expected. Conditions will continue to steadily improve through Tuesday as the low pressure system tracks off into Manitoba.

Please remember to drive safe as visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Highways, and roads will likely become icy and slippery.


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