Snow on the Way!!!

It could be the first blanketing of snow this Fall. A rapidly deepening low pressure system moving in from the United States is set to bring a taste of winter to parts of Manitoba and northwestern Ontario Thursday and into Friday. Rain began to move into southern Manitoba Wednesday, but the greatest snow and wind impacts will be Thursday afternoon through Friday. “The heaviest amounts of snow look to be in a line from Sprague to Pickle Lake, with up to 25 cm possible,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Winnipeg at the moment is on the very edge of the system, with around 5 cm possible.” For areas in extreme northwestern Ontario along the international border, this story could be more of a rain story. 50 mm of rain is possible in that region before switching over to snow. Geraldton to Sprague are forecast to see 15 – 30 mm of rain in addition to any snow.

 

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The winds will also be picking up as the low deepens. Peak sustained winds will be around 40 – 50 km/h with gusts up to 70 – 80 km/h. Vettese says snowfall accumulations could vary greatly with this system. “Should the track of heaviest snow shift slightly, so will the axis of heaviest precipitation,” she says. Many tress in southern Manitoba and northern Ontario still have their foliage, and as snow piles up that could be an issue for power lines and tree branches. Wintery weather could also mean tricky driving conditions. Blowing snow will likely result in poor visibility, and many locals likely do not have their winter tires installed yet.

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