WINNIPEG – An early blast of winter is on the way for northern Manitoba.
Winter storm warnings have been issued for a number of communities, including Lynn Lake, Thompson and Flin Flon. Those places can expect up to 50 cm of snow and winds gusting up to 80 km/h.
Rainfall warnings are in place for western and central Manitoba, with 50-100 millimetres of rain expected by Wednesday evening.
The Winter Storm Warning:
A major low pressure system in southern Manitoba is spreading heavy rain into central and northern Manitoba today. On the northern edge, arctic air drawn into the system will see precipitation change to heavy snow this evening for Lynn Lake as well as areas north of Flin Flon and Thompson. The snow will continue through Wednesday and Thursday before tapering off Thursday night.
Final accumulations will be highly variable due to melting. However, current indications are that 30 to 50 cm is likely by Thursday night. The cities of Flin Flon and Thompson themselves should see lesser final amounts as warmer temperatures and a rain/snow mix linger into early Wednesday.
Strong northeasterly wind gusts to 80 km/h will also accompany the system beginning this afternoon and persisting through Thursday.
Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Heavy snowfall accumulation may cause tree branches to break.