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Blizzard, snowfall warnings issued in southern Manitoba

An all-weather cyclist waits for traffic lights to change while the snow swirls around at the corner of Portage Avenue and Fort Street Friday morning.

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An all-weather cyclist waits for traffic lights to change while the snow swirls around at the corner of Portage Avenue and Fort Street Friday morning. (WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

Heads up, Manitoba: it will be snowy and windy today.

Most of the southern and central portions of the province are under snowfall and winter storm advisories this morning, as a system continues to move through the region.

Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Beausejour, Selkirk, Gimli and communities near these areas are all under a winter storm warning, with accumulation expected in the 10-15 centimetre range. There is also a possibility of blowing snow later this evening, as the system tracks its way through the province.

Environment Canada has issued a blizzard warning for Steinbach and the Red River Valley region for later today, as well. The south wind should shift to the north late this afternoon, with gusts up to 70 km/h in some areas. Visibility is expected to be zero at times this evening into the night.

Areas around Riding Mountain National Park, Hecla and the Whiteshell are under snowfall warnings. All warnings issued by Environment Canada are expected to be in place most of the day through the evening.

Those travelling on provincial highways should also take extra caution. Motorists should expect poor visibility and partly covered roads if they venture out of the city limits today and tonight.

By 1:30 p.m. the Manitoba highways department had closed some sections of highways due to poor visibility and driving conditions. For the latest details on road closures, visit Manitoba 511.

The forecast for Winnipeg and the surrounding area is calling for snow and blowing snow this morning, with south winds gusting to 60 km/h becoming light near the noon hour. Today’s high should get to -10 C, with the wind chill reaching around the -25 mark.

Tonight, look for the snow to end this evening, but watch for blowing snow in open areas. The wind will switch from the north 50 km/h this evening, gusting up to 70 km/h at times. The low tonight is -23 C; the wind chill -34.

Saturday, expect a mix of sun and cloud with a strong northwest wind 30 km/h gusting to 50 km/h. The temperature should hold steady at -23 C most of the day. Wind chill figures can be expected to be around the -38 mark.

A high of just -26 C is forecast for Sunday.

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Updated on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:35 AM CST:
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Updated on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 1:33 PM CST:
Updated: some highways closed.

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