WEATHER | CAUTIONS & CANCELLATIONS ISSUED AS STORM MOVES IN

As the Christmas storm approaches Winnipeg a number of cautions and cancellations have been issued.

Environment Canada issued a Winter Storm Warning for all of southern Manitoba calling for hazardous conditions with heavy snow and near zero visibility. Accumulations are expected to be around 30 cm in most areas with 40-50 cm near the U.S. border. Non-essential travel is discouraged as road conditions, especially outside the city will be dangerous.

Several  flights have already been cancelled leading up to the storm. Although the James Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg is open they are actively working with Nav Canada to plan for all scenarios that could develop with the storm. You can get more information on flight statuses here .

Manitoba highways are expected to begin closing as the storm intensifies. Poor visibility and high winds will make driving on most highways in southern Manitoba extremely dangerous. If you do have to travel make sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and that your emergency kit has drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. It can take several hours for emergency crews to reach you on the roads during an intense storm. Before you head out check road conditions here .

News4 will be tracking the storm and updating you throughout. You can follow the storm path live on our weather radar

Send us your video and pictures of the storm at news@news4winnipeg.com  or on twitter @news4winnipeg 

-News4 Staff-

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