Province braces itself for winter storm; Environment Canada issues winter storm warning
Published Thursday, November 8, 2012 4:22PM CST
Last Updated Saturday, November 10, 2012 3:14PM CST
The city of Winnipeg got about four centimetres of snow overnight Friday, leading to snowy and slippery conditions Saturday morning.
Snow continued to fall in the city and much of Southern Manitoba throughout the day Saturday. A total of 15 centimetres was predicted to fall in Winnipeg throughout the day.
Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings and winter storm warnings for much of southern Manitoba Friday night. Those warnings remained in effect Saturday morning.
Weather officials advised residents in southern Manitoba, including those in Winnipeg, to prepare for a major snowstorm over the Nov. 10 weekend.
"Total snowfall amounts from this snowstorm are expected in the 20 to 30 cm range, although some pockets of up to 40 cm are possible, especially near the Turtle Mountains and east of Riding Mountain National Park," said Environment Canada on Nov. 8.
The snow began Friday evening in the southwest portion of the province and moved eastward through the night.
By Saturday morning, most areas in southern Manitoba had seen some snowfall.
Weather officials advised motorists to expect poor driving conditions in many locations, including areas around the Trans-Canada Highway.
Snow was expected to continue Sunday and taper off into Monday.
"Further, there is a fairly high chance of some freezing rain Saturday afternoon in the southeast corner of the province, primarily southeast of Steinbach," said an official from Environment Canada.
The City of Winnipeg said it has between 50 and 60 plows and 100 people on standby to deal with the storm.
The city said Winnipeg Transit and Handi-Transit services may have service disruptions due to heavy snowfall. The city also asked residents to keep garbage carts off streets and back lanes when snow plows are out.
The province reminded drivers to be alert for snow-clearing equipment on highways and provincial roads.
Environment Canada officials said the snow is stick around, with cooler temperatures forecast until about Easter.
"This is the kind of snow that might be around (until) Easter because with the colder air coming in, usually what you see is what you continue to get," said Dave Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada.