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Dump of snow coming today

A maintenance worker clears the snow from the circular courtyard outside the School of Music on the Brandon University campus earlier this month. Snowblowers and snow shovels will have to be brought out again after a storm expected this afternoon.

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A maintenance worker clears the snow from the circular courtyard outside the School of Music on the Brandon University campus earlier this month. Snowblowers and snow shovels will have to be brought out again after a storm expected this afternoon.

Heavy snow is expected through Westman later today, as temperatures remain below normal for this time of year.

Environment Canada says that a low pressure system moving in from Alberta will spreas snow through the southwestern corner of Manitoba this afternoon and move into the southeast this evening.

In total, they expect 10–15 cm of snow to fall in the area stretching from the Yellowhead Highway south to the American border. Coupled with gusty east-to-southeast winds, it's expected that visibilities will be poor in the snow and blowing snow in many areas.

Today's high during the storm will reach -13ºC, which is still below normal for this time of year. Winds this afternoon will start off at 20 km/h, but that will increase this evening to 40 km/h with gusts up to 60 km/h as the storm moves through.

Tonight's low will be -22ºC, as the snow tapers off before ending before morning.

Tomorrow should be cloudy much of the day, although it will clear in the evening, as temperatures reach a high of -16ºC.

Friday will be sunny, with a high of -13ºC, followed by a mix of sun and cloud on Saturday and a high of -12ºC.

Periods of snow are expected on Sunday, but temperatures are substantially warmer, with a high of -3ºC, setting the stage for a warmer week next week.

At this point, the forecast for Monday and Tuesday predicts a mix of sun and cloud, with highs of -4ºC to -2ºC.

The normal high for this time of year is -8ºC; the normal low is -18ºC.

The warmest it's ever been on this date was in 1983, with a high of 2.2ºC. The coldest ever was in 1955, when it was -36.7ºC.

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This is wonderful news. I've noticed in the past years, there is always one last snow storm before everything starts to melt. I'm hoping this is the last storm. It's going to give us a pillow of snow to slide on. My boys will love it. Even better news, it's going to be warm after the snowfall. Snowball city. I encourage everyone to get out and be active with your loved ones, before we are all panting in the heat.

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