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Blizzard warning issued for Winnipeg, parts of Manitoba

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The storm bearing down on Winnipeg and southern Manitoba is now expected to be worse.

Environment Canada has now upgraded what was a winter storm watch into a blizzard warning for Winnipeg, the Interlake, and the Red River Valley.

As well, the weather service has upgraded the winter storm watch into a winter storm warning for Brandon and western Manitoba.

Environment Canada meteorologist Dale Marciski said today that it’s all because a Colorado low is pushing towards the province and forecasters now believe there will be a lot of blowing snow causing poor visibility.

"It will be down to zero visibility at times," Marciski said.

"There’s a lot of significant weather to go around here during the next few days."

Environment Canada is predicting Winnipeg and southern Manitoba will be enveloped by snow and blowing snow throughout Friday with accumulations up to 10 to 20 cm overall and even higher amounts in some localized areas. The snow will taper off on Saturday.

But Marciski said because temperatures are still mild today — it was -2C at about 11:30 a.m. — freezing drizzle is predicted for this evening before the mercury starts dropping and the snow arrives.

Marciski said it will be -14C by Friday afternoon, a high of -18C on Saturday, and on Sunday the first day to drop to -30C in Winnipeg since Jan. 30, 2011.

And it’s amazing what about a two hour drive south can do: in Grand Forks, North Dakota they were basking in today’s high of 8C at about 11:30 a.m.

History

Updated on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM CST: Updates with possibility of blizzard warning.

12:54 PM: corrects date when Winnipeg last had a temperature of -30C or colder

3:41 PM: Blizzard warning issued.

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