Updated at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, January 27th - As of 8:15 p.m. Sunday night all highways throughout the region have been reopened, but are still reporting partly snow covered conditions with blowing and drifitng snow.
Updated at 5:57 p.m. Sunday, January 27th - Snow continues to fall across most of the Pembina and Red River Valleys, and will continue until late Sunday evening before tapering off. All Snowfall Warnings for Southern Manitoba have ended, but Environment Canada has issued Blowing Snow Advisories for the Morden, Winkler, Altona, Morris, Emerson, Vita, Steinbach and Richer areas. Today's snow, coupled with southeasterly winds gusting up to 50 km/h tonight, will reduce visibility significantly at times in open areas. For those considering travelling to North Dakota Sunday night, blizzard conditions have developed in many areas, with visibility near zero at times.
The wind will diminish overnight into Monday, allowing visibility to improve, but will shift and increase Monday morning from the northwest at 30 gusting to 50 km/h, once again producing blowing snow.
Meanwhile, poor visibility in blowing snow has led to a number of highway closures across the region:
Hwy 2 from Starbuck to St. Claude
Hwy 3 from Sperling to Darlingford
Hwy 13 from Carman to Elm Creek
Hwy 14 from Rosenfeld to Winkler
Hwy 23 from the junction of Hwy 3 to Miami
Provincial Road 201 from Piney to the junction of Highway 32
Provincial Road 428 from Winkler to Roland
Provincial Road 432 from Hwy 23 to Provincial Road 201
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A potent low pressure system will impact Southern Manitoba Sunday, bringing significant snowfall and gusty winds to parts of the province.
Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Warning for all of Southwestern Manitoba as far east as the Pilot Mound and Manitou areas. Snow will intensify this morning in the southwest, with 10 to 15 cms expected. The snow will move eastward throughout the day, and in the Pembina and Red River Valleys, 5 to 10cms of snow is expected by the time it tapers off Monday morning. Southeastern Manitoba is set to receive 2 to 5 cms.
CMOS Accredited Weathercaster Chris Sumner says, similar to the last storm that moved through the province last Wednesday, reduced visibility will once again be a factor.
“Strong southeasterly winds up to 60 km/h will accompany the Low today as it makes its way across the province, and that will lead to reduced visibility in blowing snow in many areas,“ explains Sumner. “Once the system moves out of the region, strong northwesterly winds will develop Monday morning, gusting up to 60 km/h, meaning a continuation of the blowing snow. The wind is expected to diminish by Monday afternoon.”
Sumner adds, in the aftermath of this system, the coldest weather of the winter, so far, will settle into the province.
“A bitterly cold arctic airmass will entrench itself into a good portion of the eastern Prairies, including Manitoba, starting Tuesday,” says Sumner. “Daytime highs will struggle to reach the -25 to -27 range Tuesday and Wednesday, with slightly warmer temperatures expected Thursday through Saturday in the -17 to -20 range. Overnight lows Tuesday through Thursday night will dip to -30 to -34, which is well below normal for this time of year, even though it’s January.”
The average daytime high for this time of year is around -10 or -11, with overnight lows around -20.