WINNIPEG – It’s the last week of November, and winter is making her presence known this week.
A pile of wet snow started falling around 4 a.m. Tuesday, and the roads were very sloppy throughout the drive.
“It hit like a wall, just started coming down really heavy earlier this morning,” explains Environment Canada meteorologist Justin Shaer. “The heaviest is now, and then there will be some residual amounts coming throughout the day.”
According to Environment Canada, Winnipeg got 7.4 mm of precipitation Monday, but that should be surpassed today with 5 centimetres of snow in the forecast and the temperature right above the freezing mark.
“It is at that messy temperature. Most of the snow is already turning to slush on the roads as the morning commuters get going. I’m kind of expecting that’s what it’s going to look like for the rest of the week.”
West of Winnipeg should be getting it much worse: there’s a snowfall warning in effect for southwestern Manitoba, where 20-30 centimetres can be expected by the end of the day tomorrow.
“The heaviest amounts will be during the day today and then some lingering amounts tonight,” says Shaer. “We’re looking at about another 5-10 centimetres with another 2-4 tonight.”
The messy roads translates into a busy day for highway workers.
“We’re seeing all across southern Manitoba that all roads are basically snow covered or slush covered,” explains Derek Trainer with Manitoba Highways. “We’ve had equipment out across the province since early this morning, doing their best with all this snow coming down.”