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Record-setting snow, followed by more snow, then flurries

Brandon University students make their way across 18th Street Monday morning. Plenty of students still have class, despite the spring storm.

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Brandon University students make their way across 18th Street Monday morning. Plenty of students still have class, despite the spring storm.

What did that groundhog say again?

Because, while March might mean it is meteorological spring, Mother Nature served up a fluffy white reminder that late winter can still pack a whallop.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for most of southern Manitoba, and they are calling for anywhere from 10 to 25 cm of snow through today and tonight.

By dawn on Monday, total snowfall had already set a record for the day. Previously, the most snow that had fallen on March 4 was just 3 cm, recorded in 1968.

Wind at 40 km/h gusting up to 60 km/h will keep the snow drifting. Roadways are treacherous throughout Westman, although city crews are working 12-hour shifts to tackle street-clearing.

Temperatures should reach a high of -6 C this afternoon, before dipping to -13 C overnight as snow continues.

The snow is being blamed on a disturbance from over the Dakotas that is tracking southeastward today. Snow associated with this system spread across all of southern Manitoba Sunday night, with several intense bands of snow over North Dakota rotating northward that are moving into southern Manitoba this morning.

Periods of moderate to heavy snow will dominate throughout the region today.

Areas near Dauphin may see 5 to 10 cm, with amounts increasing to the south. The highest amounts expected along the U.S. border where 20 to 25 cm are possible by late tonight. These locally higher amounts are also possible along the Manitoba escarpment and higher terrain of western Manitoba.

However, snowfall should begin to taper off tonight or early Tuesday morning.

Tuesday should see a mix of sun and cloud, although there's a 40 per cent chance of lingering flurries before skies clear around noon. The day should see a high of -7 C.

Wednesday will be sunny, with a high of -8 C.

Clouds on Thursday, believe it or not, could herald a return to more flurries, with a high of -6.

At the tail end of the week, sun should return, and bring some warmth with it. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are all predicted to be sunny, with highs of -6 C on Friday rising to +1 C on Sunday.

The normal high for this time of year is -4 C. The normal low is -14 C.

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