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Saturday, December 9, 2023

Environment Canada has issued a heavy snow warning as the Alberta Clipper travels to Manitoba

As the Alberta Clipper travels to Manitoba, Environment Canada has issued a heavy snow warning.

Key Takeaways:

  • Environment Canada has issued a unique weather statement for Winnipeg and the province’s central and southern regions.
  • According to Johnson, another Alberta Clipper has “shown up on the models already” and is expected to hit Manitoba this weekend.

Manitoba is in for yet another heavy snowfall, courtesy of our western neighbors.

Environment Canada has issued a particular weather statement for Winnipeg and the province’s central and southern regions.

According to Environment Canada, the system will move throughout southern Manitoba on Monday, bringing an expanse of heavy snow from the Parklands region eastwards to the Ontario border and southwards to the Trans-Canada Highway.

According to the weather service, the Parklands and Interlake districts are expected to receive the most snow, and those areas will need to use snowplows to clear the expected five to 15 centimeters of snow.

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Michael Cantor, manager of Streets Maintenance Winnipeg, said in an e-mail to Global News that the city is preparing for ploughs to hit the streets and sidewalks and that crews are already working to clear snow piles in the city. “Crews are continuing to clear Priority 3 sidewalks and pathways,” he said.

Additionally, a large-scale snow removal operation is underway, with crews removing high snow piles at intersections and along roadways throughout the city to improve pedestrian and driver visibility.”

The city’s operations department anticipates that, rather than focusing solely on snow hauling, they will soon need to shift gears and focus on snow clearing on P1 and P2 streets and sidewalks/pathways to ensure that they are passable.

As the Alberta Clipper travels to Manitoba, Environment Canada has issued a heavy snow warning. - Winnipeg Free Press
As the Alberta Clipper travels to Manitoba, Environment Canada has issued a heavy snow warning. Image from Winnipeg Free Press

Crews will also keep an eye on road conditions and, if necessary, apply sand to improve traction on city roads.

“The most recent models display about 10 centimeters for Winnipeg,” says weather expert Bruce Johnson, “but the snow is heading to blow about like crazy because the winds are going to be horrible on Tuesday.”

On Monday, winds in the Red River Valley are predicted to gust to 80 km/h, with gusts up to 90 km/h on Lake Manitoba and also the southern basin of Lake Winnipeg.

On Thursday, Johnson predicts temperatures of around -35 C, “especially if it’s calm enough.”

However, Johnson is concerned about another Alberta Clipper “showing up on the models already” and is expected to hit Manitoba this weekend.

Source: CBC News

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