BREAKING: Rare blizzard warnings issued for SE Manitoba

Updated: Mar 14, 2019



GeoColor: GEOS16-EAST

A significant storm system is impacting the Central/High Plains of the United States and will move into the Northern Plains tonight into tomorrow. This will bring blizzard conditions to Manitoba.


Warnings

3:26 PM CDT Wednesday 13 March 2019 Blizzard warning in effect for (areas in red):

  • 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

  • Mun. of Emerson-Franklin incl. Roseau River

  • R.M. of De Salaberry incl. St-Pierre-Jolys and St. Malo

  • R.M. of Hanover incl. Steinbach Niverville and Grunthal

  • R.M. of La Broquerie incl. Marchand

  • R.M. of Ritchot incl. St. Adolphe and Ste. Agathe

  • R.M. of Ste. Anne incl. Richer

  • R.M. of Stuartburn incl. Zhoda Vita and Sundown

  • R.M. of Tache incl. Lorette Ste-Geneviève and Landmark

Blizzard conditions with poor visibility in snow and blowing snow are expected or occurring.An intense disturbance tracking across the United States will bring strong northerly winds and moderate to heavy snowfall to the southern Red River Valley. Snowfall associated with this disturbance will enter the region tonight and continue on Thursday before tapering off late Thursday morning or early Thursday afternoon. Total snowfall accumulations of 8 to 15 cm will be possible. In addition to the snow, intense northerly winds are expected to develop overnight and continue on Thursday. Winds gusting at times to 80 km/h will combine with the falling snow to produce widespread blowing snow resulting in blizzard conditions. As the precipitation exits the region visibilities are expected to improve. However, the strong winds will likely continue to produce heavy drifting and persistent blowing snow into Thursday evening.

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.



Current watches/warnings issued by Environment Canada as of 3:45pm CDT

Statements

3:30 PM CDT Wednesday 13 March 2019 Blowing snow advisory in effect for:

  • City of Winnipeg

  • 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

  • R.M. of Armstrong incl. Chatfield Inwood and Narcisse

  • R.M. of Coldwell incl. Lundar and Clarkleigh

  • R.M. of Gimli incl. Winnipeg Beach and Arnes

  • R.M. of Rockwood incl. Teulon Stonewall and Stony Mountain

  • R.M. of Rosser incl. Meadows

  • R.M. of St. Andrews incl. Selkirk Lockport and Ponemah

  • R.M. of St. Laurent incl. Oak Point

  • R.M. of West St. Paul incl. Middlechurch and Rivercrest

  • R.M. of Woodlands incl. Warren and Lake Francis

  • Cartwright-Roblin Mun. incl. Mather

  • Mun. of Killarney-Turtle Mountain

  • Mun. of Lorne incl. Notre Dame and Swan Lake

  • Mun. of Louise incl. Pilot Mound and Crystal City

  • Mun. of Pembina incl. Manitou La Rivière and Snowflake

  • R.M. of Argyle incl. Baldur Glenora and Greenway

  • R.M. of Prairie Lakes incl. Margaret Ninette and Belmont

  • R.M. of Brokenhead incl. Beausejour and Garson

  • R.M. of East St. Paul incl. Birds Hill

  • R.M. of Springfield incl. Anola and Birds Hill Prov. Park

  • R.M. of St. Clements incl. Grand Beach Brokenhead and Libau

Poor visibility in snow and blowing snow is expected or occurring in some locations. An intense disturbance tracking across the United States will bring strong northerly winds and snowfall to the southeastern Manitoba. Snowfall associated with this disturbance will enter the region tonight and continue on Thursday before tapering off late Thursday morning or early Thursday afternoon. The highest snowfall amounts are expected over extreme southeastern Manitoba and will diminish rapidly as one heads northwestward into the northern Red River Valley and southwestern Manitoba. As a result, total snowfall amounts over the blowing snow advisory area will likely vary widely with some regions seeing trace amounts while others may see amounts closer to 10 cm.

In addition to the snow, intense northerly winds are expected to develop overnight and continue on Thursday. Winds gusting at times to 80 km/h will combine with the falling snow to produce widespread blowing snow resulting in near blizzard conditions in areas where the snowfall amounts accumulate. As the precipitation exits the region visibilities are expected to improve. However, the strong winds will likely continue to produce heavy drifting snow into Thursday evening. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.

Blowing snow advisories are issued when winds are expected to create blowing snow giving poor visibility to 800 metres or less for at least 3 hours.