Major winter storm headed for southern Manitoba

But Environment Canada suggests this will be a "high impact storm" for many areas.

A storm system developing over North Dakota is forecast to track to southern Manitoba tonight and intensify as it moves over Northwestern Ontario Tuesday.

A winter storm is creating chaos on highways and roadways throughout southern Manitoba as strong wind gusts and blowing snow reduced visibility west of Winnipeg Tuesday morning.

Manitoba says the Trans-Canada Highway - as well as highways 16, 5 and 45 - remain closed from the Saskatchewan boundary to past Brandon, Minnedosa and Dauphin.

Snow was also falling in Saskatoon Sunday morning, and the city administration was warning drivers to be cautious behind the wheel. Snow accumulations could vary between 5-10 cm, substantially lower than what our neighours to the west experienced. Winnipeg was not under a weather advisory but the forecast was calling for rain turning into about 10 cm of snow and strong winds.

Some flurries and a risk of freezing rain were in the forecast for Regina Sunday morning, with the risk of freezing rain returning after midnight.

Blizzard conditions with gusty winds and persistent visibility near zero in snow and blowing snow are expected or occurring.

- Carlyle, Oxbow, Carnduff, Bienfait and Stoughton.

- Fort Qu'Appelle, Indian Head, Lumsden and Pilot Butte.

- Humboldt, Wynyard, Wadena, Lanigan and Foam Lake.

Conditions will begin to improve Wednesday evening over eastern areas, from Lynn Lake to The Pas, Gillam and Tadoule Lake, and Thursday over Churchill and York as the winds begin to diminish.

For more information and updates visit the Environment Canada website.

  • Leroy Wright