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Pockets of snow forming off Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg are making for an anxious drive in parts of southern Manitoba this morning.

Environment Canada has issued snow squall warnings for the regions south of the two lakes. Snow is being reported in MacGregor and Portage la Prairie, while the areas near Selkirk and Victoria Beach are also under a snowfall warning.

According to the province, highways around Portage la Prairie are snow and partly covered with ice, while a section of Highway 8 (between Highway 67 and Highway 17, north of Winnipeg) is also seeing icy conditions.

A snow squall occurs when cold air combines with relatively warm lake temperatures, resulting in a brief but heavy snowfall. Up to 15 cm of snow and near-zero visibility is expected with these very narrow snow squalls, the national weather service says.

Environment Canada has also issued warnings for Brokenhead, Beausejour, Grand Beach, Garson, St. Clements, Libau, and the Rural Municipality of Alexander.

Meanwhile, the forecast for Winnipeg is calling for a few flurries are expected this morning, with a chance of rain showers (and the possibility of more flurries) later in the afternoon. The high should reach the 3 C mark.

Tonight, look for overcast conditions and a low dipping down to -5 C.

For Wednesday, it’s a bit of a mixed bag: sunshine in the morning will give way to cloudy skies and a 60 per cent chance of rain showers or flurries late in the afternoon through the evening. Wednesday’s high is 3 C.

Things should warm up slightly for the end of the week. Lots of sun with highs near and above the 6 C mark are expected for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Updated on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:49 AM CDT: Crash near Portage la Prairie added.

8:57 AM: updates with full writethru

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