Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning about significant spring snowfall on Good Friday in parts of Westman.
A storm system developing over southern Alberta Thursday evening is forecast to track across southern Saskatchewan on Friday and will reach southwest Manitoba by Friday evening.
This system is expected to bring in a large area of precipitation across southern Manitoba late Friday into Friday night.
Special weather statements
Environment Canada's special weather statement was issued at 3:20 p.m on Thursday and applies to the areas of:
- Arborg - Hecla - Fisher River - Gypsumville - Ashern
- Dauphin - Roblin - Winnipegosis
- Grand Rapids
- Minnedosa - Neepawa - Russell - Riding Mountain National Park
- Ste. Rose - McCreary - Alonsa - Gladstone
- Swan River - Duck Mountain - Porcupine Provincial Forest
For areas along and south of the Trans-Canada Highway, temperatures should stay above freezing, and the precipitation is expected to be mainly rain.
However, north of the Trans-Canada, it will be cold enough that significant snow is expected in some areas, including heavy snowfalls at times Friday night — especially over the higher elevations of the western Parklands.
Snowfall amounts will depend on the exact track of this system as well as elevation and temperature, however the potential is there for at least 10-15 cm of snow to fall over the western Parklands area through the Interlake regions Friday night into Saturday.
Forecasters warn that this could cause highway troubles through these regions for the start of the holiday weekend.
The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.