Major winter storm headed here

A major winter storm is expected to hit wide areas of Manitoba sometime late Saturday. A Colorado low is expected to dump up to 30 cm of snow with high winds and cold.

Major winter storm headed here

The Portage Citizen

March came in like a lamb, but it is not going to wait until the end of the month to show us a bit more winter. Environment Canada says a major winter storm is headed this way.

A Colorado Low is coming and known as being very unpredictable, we won’t know until it gets here sometime this weekend, how low it will take us.

As much as 30 centimetres of snow is expected to fall across a wide area of Manitoba as a Colorado low will descend on southern Manitoba. Expect a prolonged period of heavy and blowing and strong winds, Environment Canada warned Friday.

Colorado lows are difficult to forecast, so there is still a high degree of uncertainty. However, Environment Canada predicted 15 to 30 cm of snow will fall. Periods of poor visibility with blowing snow will also affect travel Monday and Tuesday, the service said.

This season, Winnipeg had the driest December-to-February period since records started being kept in 1872, with just 14.6 millimetres of snow. The next-driest December-to-February was 25.9 mm in 1982-83.

The three-month period is considered the meteorological winter.

Locally farmers will embrace the snow. Fields are bare and the dearth of snow presently indicates low moisture content prior to spring seeding.

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