Here we go: snow squalls with near-zero visibility possible in eastern Manitoba

The S-word has returned to Manitoba weather forecasts.

Environment Canada has issued a snow squall watch for part of the province, indicating that gusty winds and fresh snowfall could develop in communities east of Lake Winnipeg starting Wednesday evening and throughout long Thursday.

Rapidly accumulating snow, as well as near zero visibility at times, is expected under the strongest gusts.

Significant accumulations of snowfall are possible, although the amounts are highly variable due to warmer ground temperatures which will cause some melting, the weather agency said in its warning.

“Snow squall warnings will be issued as the location and intensity of squall bands become more certain,” the report said.

Travel can be dangerous due to sudden changes in weather and people should consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

Areas under surveillance include:

  • Rural Municipality of Alexandre, including Powerview-Pine Falls.
  • Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach.
  • Nopiming Provincial Park.
  • Biset.
  • Manigotagan Black River First Nation and Hollow Water First Nation.
  • Berens River.
  • Blood vein.
  • Little Grand Rapids and Atikaki Provincial Park.

Further north, at Brochet and Lake Tadoule, a wind warning has been issued, with “strong winds” with gusts of 90 km / h which are expected to start around noon Wednesday.

The northwest winds are brought in by a low pressure system that will intensify as it moves through the region, Environment Canada said.

Winds are expected to begin to ease Thursday morning.

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