Fresh snowfall in Winnipeg Monday night and Tuesday blanketed the city, while high winds and plunging temperatures Tuesday afternoon and evening were expected to create hazardous conditions.
A winter storm warning was in effect Tuesday in Winnipeg and most of southern Manitoba.
Ten to 15 cm of fresh snow fell overnight, and snow continued to fall most of the day Tuesday. The low-pressure system responsible for the snow will also produce significant north winds, gusting up to 80 km/h at times, Environment Canada said.
Blowing snow will severely hamper visibility on highways, the weather agency said.
Gusts will begin to slow late this evening, leading to improved visibility by Wednesday morning.
Following the storm system, an arctic ridge of high pressure will clear skies and drop temperatures into the -20s starting Tuesday evening. Wind chill values will approach the -40 mark before temperatures moderate somewhat near the end of the week, the weather agency said.
So far this year, Winnipeg has had 78.6 centimetres of snow dumped on it, compared to 55.2 cm at this time last year and 101.1 cm up until this time during the winter of 2019-20.
The average snowfall at this point is 59.9 cm.