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Snowfall, wind warnings issued for most of province

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Environment Canada has issued snowfall and wind warnings for most of Manitoba, as a winter system moves into the province from Saskatchewan.

A wind advisory is up for the western part of the province, including Brandon, Virden, Souris Melita, Boissevain, Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, Neepawa, Russell and Riding Mountain National Park. Gusts in these areas could reach up to 90 km/h.

Red River College has announced it is closing all Winnipeg campuses at 5 p.m. because of the weather and all evening classes and events are cancelled.

Wind and blowing snow in Winnipeg has caused delays on arrivals and departures at James Richardson International Airport. Travellers and people picking up others at the airport are advised to check www.waa.ca for updates.

Environment Canada says that as a part of the system, unusually unstable air could lead to heavy snow squalls and even a thunderstorm over parts of southern Manitoba later today.

Snowfall warnings continue for areas east of Lake Winnipeg (including Bissett, Nopiming Provincial Park and Pine Falls), the Thompson region, and for most of northwestern Manitoba along the Saskatchewan border. Upwards of 15 cm of snow is expected in these areas.

According to the province, most highways near the aforementioned areas are seeing some snow cover, with visibilities starting to decrease rapidly in open areas. As the day goes on look for drifting snow on the roads, so motorists should proceed with caution.

Winnipeg and the surrounding area can expect periods of snow this afternoon, with a risk of freezing rain. Snowfall amounts could be in the 5- to 10-centimetre range.

The wind will also be brisk, becoming south 40 km/h gusting to 60 km/h this morning before switching from the northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 km/h this afternoon.

Today’s forecast high is +2 C, though it will feel a lot cooler with the wind.

For tonight, more snow, more blowing snow and a low of -14 C.

The snow is expected to continue into Thursday morning, before ending in the afternoon. The wind, blowing from the north 50 km/h gusting to 70 km/h, should diminish to 30 km/h, as well. The mercury will fall throughout the day, dropping to -19 C later in the day.

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Updated on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:05 AM CST: adds photo

11:58 AM: changes photo, updates with full writethru

2:24 PM: Adds Red River College cancellations.

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