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Colorado low headed for province will mostly miss Winnipeg

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It came in like a lion 30 days ago and now it looks like March will go out with a roar, as well.

A strong Colorado low blowing in from North Dakota is expected to bring snowfall and blowing snow in southern Manitoba this morning, with the heaviest amounts forecast for the southeastern corner of the province.

Environment Canada has issued snowfall and blizzard warnings for the Morden-Winkler-Altona regions right up through Pinawa and Lac du Bonnet. Heavy north winds, with gusts up to 70 km/h, are forecast for most of the Red River Valley, producing blowing snow and poor visibilities in open areas.

The system is expected to drift into Manitoba sometime after 8 o’clock this morning.

Areas around Sprague are expected to see up to 20 centimetres today. Other parts of the southeastern corner of the province, specifically Steinbach and communities in the Whiteshell region could see anywhere between 10-12 centimetres of snow, as well.

Winnipeg should dodge most of the heavy stuff, with only 2-4 centimentres expected to fall today. Heavy north winds 50 km/h gusting to 70 km/h should kick up most of that snow, making for difficult driving conditions. A high of -9 C is forecast during the day.

The winds and snow should start to leave the capital region this evening. Tonight’s low is -15 C.

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