Special weather statements issued for Manitoba ahead of winter storm

A winter storm is set to impact the Northern Plains tomorrow into Saturday. You can read more details about that here.


Statements

12:00 PM CST Thursday 28 November 2019 Special weather statement in effect for areas in grey:


A wintery mix of precipitation is expected for southern Manitoba beginning Friday and lasting into Sunday.

Another Colorado low will cross the northern plains starting early Friday bringing periods of snow and freezing drizzle to southern Manitoba. The mix of precipitation will begin in the southwest spreading eastward throughout the morning. There will be the potential for prolonged periods of freezing drizzle leading to icy conditions on sidewalks and roadways, though exact timing and duration remain uncertain at this time. This mix of precipitation will continue through late Saturday in most areas.

Precipitation will then shift over to mainly snow by late Saturday as the system tracks across the Dakotas. Current indications have the heaviest snow and strongest winds in the United States. However, areas along the international border and escarpment may see snowfall totals by Sunday morning exceed 10 cm along with reduced visibilities in blowing snow. The system will depart the area entirely by midday Sunday.

Above shows the experimental winter storm severity index for the next 1-3 days, which shows most of North Dakota into MODERATE IMPACTS. This means that this winter storm will cause disruption to daily lives. For areas in red, including Fargo and Grand Forks, MAJOR IMPACTS are expected by this storm. Major impacts include property damage and life saving actions being needed.


Please note that Manitoba, while not included in this map, might see conditions close to moderate impacts from this storm, depending how far north the heaviest snow bands extend.