WINNIPEG – Environment Canada says we have another blast of snow to look forward to this weekend.
A special weather advisory has been issued, saying another storm system is coming to portions of southeast Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba.
This comes on the heels of a powerful Colorado Low that brought heavy snow and blizzard conditions to similar areas on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
“You had the snowiest Christmas Day on record in Winnipeg. You’ve had almost record amounts of snow for December,” explains Environment Canada’s Dave Phillips. “When you count all the flakes in Winnipeg at the end of the month, we’ll probably have about 80 centimetres of snow. That would make it the second-snowiest December on record. You have to back to 1909 to find a snowier December.”
Friday’s storm is an Alberta Clipper that will be responsible for bringing 10 to 15 centimetres of snow along with strong northwest winds, causing reduced visibility at times with blowing snow.
“Clippers move very quickly, like clipper ships,” Phillips says. “10-15 centimetres is a pretty good amount from an Alberta Clipper. There is some misery, it usually has some strong winds, and then often what happens is you get that cold, cold air that comes down after. It sort of greases the skids and that cold arctic air plunges down behind it.”
It’s too soon to know exactly where and when this storm will hit, but Environment Canada says it looks like the storm will track along and south of the Trans-Canada Highway corridor in Manitoba by Friday afternoon with most of the snow falling to the north and east of the track. The clipper is then expected to pull out of southeastern Manitoba late Friday evening into early Saturday morning.