Environment Canada says that a major spring blizzard is set to slam into southern Manitoba beginning on Tuesday night with snowfall continuing into Friday.
Snowfall accumulations are now expected to be 30-50 cm with up to 80 cm in higher areas of western Manitoba and will be accompanied by winds gusting as high as 90 km/h causing zero visibility at times.
The storm tracking up from Colorado towards Minnesota will bring a swath of heavy snow into the Winnipeg region overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. By early morning Wednesday the storm will be dropping heavy snow to through most of southern Manitoba as it continues to push northward.
Highway closures are highly likely as the storm progresses on Wednesday and the national forecaster believes that travel within communities could also become near impossible. They say this storm has the potential to be the worst blizzard in decades.
With a storm of this size power outages are likely and could be prolonged especially in rural areas.
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