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Environment Canada says the storm in Manitoba is still unpredictable

Environment Canada says Manitoba's storm is still uncertain.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to Environment Canada, the overall amount of snow that has fallen in southern Manitoba is less than forecast.
  • According to the province due to the delayed melt, snowfall will have no immediate or significant impact on runoff.

According to Environment Canada, the total quantity of snow that has fallen in southern Manitoba is less than previously expected. Still, the province isn’t out of the woods yet as a Colorado low moves north.

Environment Canada’s Natalie Hasell said Winnipeg had received between 15 and 20 cm of snow on Wednesday morning before a break. She predicted that the snow would fall again later in the afternoon.

“More buildup is expected later today.” So, 40 centimeters seems plausible; 50 centimeters is still a possibility,” Hasell remarked. “So, when it comes to the storm, I wouldn’t rule anything out just yet.”

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According to Environment Canada, Winnipeg was expected to receive between 30 and 50 centimeters of snow.

The Brandon area, which has been particularly badly struck, is still experiencing blizzard conditions. According to Environment Canada, the Westman region will be severely hit by the snow. Hasell said the Brandon airport reported wind gusts of up to 80 km/h and visibility of up to 200 meters in the afternoon.

“We don’t think the split will make it very far west,” she said.

“The rest of the province’s progress is timed for around the same for the southwestern corner,” she added. As a result, there isn’t much of a difference. In some respects, it’s even worse since we were expecting more precipitation in areas of the southwest quadrant, and they won’t be able to notice the gap. “As a result, they don’t get a break.”

Lighter snow will continue to fall in Winnipeg and southeastern Manitoba overnight and Thursday before tapering off Friday morning as the system moves further east towards northwestern Ontario.

Environment Canada says Manitoba's storm is still uncertain.
Environment Canada says Manitoba’s storm is still uncertain. Image from MSN

SLOW MELT IS PROJECTED IN THE FORECAST, BUT IT WILL HAVE LITTLE IMPACT ON RUNOFF.

Although more snow is expected, lower temperatures will prevent substantial runoff.

“The greatest thing that can happen is a gentle melt, which is exactly what the prediction predicts,” said Doyle Piwnuik, the minister of transportation and infrastructure.

“This snowfall is expected to begin right now, but the good news is that it won’t melt until possibly Tuesday when temperatures will begin to rise, and it will be a long process. That is the greatest scenario we can hope for, given the rivers are expected to recede during the following week.”

According to the province, snowfall will have no immediate or major influence on runoff due to the delayed melt. Once the province learns the extent and quantity of the snowfall, it will revise and publish runoff forecasts.

Source: CTV News

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