Environment Canada has posted a winter storm watch for all of Southern MB for a major winter storm that is expected to affect much of the southern Prairies over the next few days. The worst of the storm is expected to spread into the Brandon-Dauphin areas Monday afternoon reaching Winnipeg and the Red River valley Monday night when blizzard conditions are expected to develop. At this point, it looks like about 5 to perhaps 10 cm of snow is expected across the Red River valley Monday night which will taper off Tuesday morning. Strong northwest winds gusting to 70 km/h will drive much colder air into the area and will create widespread blowing and drifting snow, giving blizzard conditions Monday night into Tuesday morning across much of southern MB. Conditions will be worst in rural areas but blizzard conditions are expected even in Winnipeg for a few hours Monday night into Tuesday morning. As a result, residents should be prepared for the possibility of road and school closures Tuesday as the storm moves across the region. Conditions should improve Tuesday afternoon as the storm moves east into Northwest Ontario.
Note: This storm will be affecting southern SK Sunday night through Monday with widespread blizzard conditions likely. If you have any travel plans to the west tomorrow, be prepared for alternate arrangements as there will likely be numerous road closures and flight cancellations throughout southern SK on Monday. Check the western Canada webcam page to monitor the progress of this storm.