3:19 PM CST Tuesday 22 December 2020 Blizzard warning in effect for:
R.M. of Cartier incl. Elie St. Eustache and Springstein
R.M. of Dufferin incl. Carman Roseisle and Homewood
R.M. of Grey incl. St. Claude Elm Creek and Fannystelle
R.M. of Headingley
R.M. of Macdonald incl. Brunkild Starbuck and La Salle
R.M. of Portage la Prairie incl. St. Ambroise
R.M. of St. François Xavier
Mun. of Rhineland incl. Altona Plum Coulee and Gretna
R.M. of Montcalm incl. St. Jean Baptiste
R.M. of Morris incl. Rosenort and Aubigny
R.M. of Roland incl. Jordan and Myrtle
R.M. of Stanley incl. Winkler and Morden
R.M. of Thompson incl. Miami Rosebank and Deerwood
Blizzard conditions expected to develop in some locations tonight then improve Wednesday. A strong low pressure system will track along the International border bringing snow most of southern Manitoba tonight and into Wednesday. For the much of the Red River Valley snowfall totals of 5 to 10 cm should be expected by Wednesday morning. More significantly, strong northerly winds with gusts to 80 km/h, will develop after midnight creating blizzard conditions which will last through Wednesday morning and likely into the afternoon. Some blowing snow will occur throughout the Red River Valley. In the Portage La Prairie region, the blizzard conditions will occur mainly in the western sections. Likewise, in the Steinbach region, the blizzard conditions will mostly occur southwest of the city of Steinbach. Some blowing snow will persist in open areas into Wednesday night.
Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. If you do travel and become lost, remain where you are until the blizzard has passed. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to MBstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #MBStorm.