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Manitoba

Winter Storm to Bring Blizzard Conditions Throughout Thanksgiving Weekend…

A strengthening Colorado Low will bring a long-duration, widespread winter storm to portions of the Upper Midwest in the United States before moving into Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario with blizzard and ice storm conditions.

A band of light to moderate snow will cross Southern and Central Manitoba along a cold front throughout the early morning on Thursday bringing a widespread 2-5cm, locally 10cm of snow. Into the late morning and early afternoon, conditions will begin to deteriorate as a Colorado Low begins to push north towards the region.

Widespread snow is expected across Southern and Central Manitoba extending from the Saskatchewan border into Far Northwestern Ontario. Across the Southeastern Manitoba into Northwestern Ontario, heavy rain will begin to soak the already saturated ground. This will also begin the long-duration ice event which is expected along the Ontario-Manitoba border, east of Winnipeg, extending northeast towards Red Lake and Weagamow Lake in Northwestern Ontario.

The exact location of the system is yet to be determined. Most global forecast models are consistent with the system moving over the Lake of the Woods area, although, a slight shift in the track will make a major change in the forecast in terms of snowfall/rainfall locations, more significantly, the location of the significant ice.

SNOWFALL & BLIZZARD CONDITIONS – SOUTHERN REGIONS

Accumulations from the winter storm will vary greatly throughout Southern Manitoba with the heaviest accumulations throughout the higher terrain. Current guidance suggests snowfall totals will be highest between 30 and 50cm, locally higher towards 65cm+, in the extreme southern portion of Manitoba throughout the Red River Valley into the Darlingford Moraine region. This area has been highlighted with the extent of dark pink in the forecast map. Isolated totals near 70cm may be possible. Snowfall warnings are in effect for portions of this region.

Throughout this region, widespread winds between 60-80km/h are likely to cause significant blowing snow and possibly blizzard conditions. Whether blizzard warnings are issued or not, significant impacts on travel are likely across much of the major highways in the southern portion of the province. Highways such as 1 (Trans Canada Hwy.), 2, 3, 5, 23 and 75 should be avoided throughout the weekend.

The criteria for a blizzard classification and blizzard warning in Canada follow the 4-4-4 rule: 40km/h winds or greater causing widespread reductions in the visibility to 400 meters or less for at least 4 hours. A full list of alert criteria can be found here.

Extending inland towards Lake Manitoba, including Portage la Prairie, snowfall totals will be less in the 20-40cm range although local totals between 40-60cm are possible. The extent of this region can be seen in pink. This region also includes Boissevain to the west and Winkler/Altona to the east. This region continues in a swath between Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg, extending just east of the lake as well, including Bloodvein. This region is less likely to see the locally higher totals. Snowfall ratios in this region will likely peak around 10:1 (10 inches of snow for 1 inch of water).

Extending out in all direction, snowfall totals are likely to decrease. This is seen in the dark blue shade on the map. Towards the west of Lake Manitoba, snowfall totals between 10-20cm are likely. There was some discussion within the team as to whether or not we should extend this region to the west of Northern Lake Winnipeg, although, we have went against this due to the expected location and size of the system. This remains a possible option, but, less likely at this time. Between Southern Lake Winnipegosis and Lake Winnipeg, 10-20cm of snow is also possible. Towards the east, including Winnipeg, as well as areas east of Lake Winnipeg to the Ontario border, snowfall totals between 10-20cm are likely throughout the weekend with local totals towards 30cm. Finally, areas northeast of Lake Winnipeg through the Poplar region towards the God’s Lake region will also see between 10-20cm of snow with an increased risk of 20-30cm.

Towards the west into Saskatchewan, a brief period of snow is likely to bring generally 5cm of snow to the region. Further into Manitoba, 5-10cm is expected from the ‘after side’ of this system. In Ontario and Southeastern Manitoba, 5-10cm is likely with most, if not all, the snow remaining melt-on-contact due to the expected heavy rainfall throughout the system. Towards Lake Superior, snowfall totals will be localized to 5cm with limited to no visible accumulations likely.


Projected snowfall totals between Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, October 13th

SNOWFALL & BLIZZARD CONDITIONS – NORTHERN REGIONS

Accumulations from the winter storm will be significant along the Manitoba/Ontario border. The heaviest accumulations will occur in the pink region. This region extends from between Poplar Park Reserve in Manitoba and Opasquia Park in Ontario along the border to Sturgeon Lake in Ontario. Snowfall totals between 25-45cm are likely with local amounts approaching or surpassing 50cm. Outside of this region, a widespread 10-20cm, locally 25cm is likely within the dark blue region. This extends from Lake Winnipeg through to Sandy Lake and Sachigo Lake in Ontario towards Hudson Bay. with the heaviest accumulations throughout the higher terrain. A winter storm warning is in effect for portions of this region.

In the light blue region, which extends from Hudson Bay through to Lake Winnipeg and Big Trout Lake, Ontario, snowfall totals between 5-10cm are possible. Local totals towards 15cm are possible into Manitoba, although, current guidance suggests this is unlikely.


Projected snowfall totals between Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, October 13th

ICE STORM

Across Southeastern Manitoba, southeast of Winnipeg, extending into Northwestern Ontario along the Manitoba/Ontario border, a long-duration ice storm is increasingly likely.

As temperatures near 0 C throughout the long-duration of the winter storm, freezing rain and ice pellets will be a large concern along the border of the provinces towards the south. With the system expected to track of Lake of the Woods, heavy rain is likely across portions of Southeastern Manitoba (Buffalo Point westward) and much of Northwestern Ontario. A thin band of moderate to heavy freezing rain is likely to remain stationary for multiple hours.

Extending from the Vita/Marchand area in Manitoba through the Ontario border into the Red Lake and MacDowell Lake areas, heavy freezing rain between 15-30mm of ice is possible. In a tight gradient outside of this region, the freezing rain totals will quickly drop off in a thin 5-15mm ice range followed by a large 2-5mm ice range. This larger area extends from Hudson Bay through Big Trout Lake into the Whiteshell Provincial Park area in Manitoba. The attached map highlights the possibly affected areas, but due to the tight gradient, we have not added totals onto the map.

Widespread wind gusts between 40-60km/h, locally higher towards Southern Manitoba will likely result in widespread power outages in the affected communities. Highways such as 1 /17 (Trans Canada Hwy.), 44, 105, 307, 596, 658 should be avoided throughout the weekend.


Projected freezing rain totals between Wednesday (pm), October 9th to Sunday, October 13th

RAINFALL

Across Northwestern Ontario and Southeastern Manitoba, heavy rain will bring a wide swath of 40-70mm to the region. Local totals between 70-90mm will be possible in the strongest bands in the system. Rainfall warnings have been issued for these regions as there are numerous communities already dealing with flooding throughout the area.

You can continue to monitor weather alerts issued by Environment Canada from their website: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html

Alberta

Major Snowstorm Slices Through British Columbia & the Prairies

A Major Pattern reversal is underway across Western Canada. Cold air will descend from Northern Canada beginning Friday, coinciding with an extended period of heavy snowfall.

Our forecasting team will be closely monitoring the progression a major winter storm beginning Thursday evening. The Winter Storm isn’t expected to bring heavy snowfall rates, but rather an extended period of light-moderate snow over the next 48 hours.

The heaviest snowfall totals are expected through the Rockies; across British Columbia and Alberta. Where in excess of 50cm of snow is expected to fall. Even major cities, such as Edmonton won’t escape the wintry weather. With 30 or more centimeters projected to fall, over the next couple days.

Projected Snowfall Totals through Saturday PM
**Click map to make it zoomable.
Ontario

A Wintery Mix Supersedes Extreme Cold Across the Great…

Winter returns to the Great Lakes, after an extended lull in activity and cold air between December and early January. Find out where, and, how bad the ‘next one’ will be.

KEY DETAILS

An area of low-pressure tracks through Illinois late this evening. Tracking through Michigan & Northeast Ontario by Wednesday afternoon & evening. Precipitation begins as snow across Central, Northeastern, and much of Southwestern Ontario Tuesday evening.

Freezing rain and ice pellets begin after 9pm across the Windsor – Sarnia corridor. Changing to rain, with little impact. Freezing rain spreads north of Lake Erie through the overnight. 3-6 hours of freezing rain is expected before changing over to rain. 

Snowfall continues across much of Central, Southwestern, and Eastern Ontario overnight into Wednesday morning. A lull in snow develops across the 400 corridor near 7am. Lowering snowfall totals across Southern Simcoe county; risk of freezing drizzle.

South of the 401/402 changes over to all rain during the early morning. Freezing rain continues along the escarpment (West of Lake Ontario). A changeover to rain continues North & East throughout the afternoon, proceeded by brief freezing rain.

Snow continues North of Lake Simcoe and North of Ottawa through the afternoon. A extended period (5-8 hours) of freezing rain develops Wednesday afternoon in Montreal, after a period of snow. Conditions will be hazardous in the City.

Projected precipitation totals across Southern Ontario Tuesday night through Wednesday.

TOTALS

A primarily snow event stretching from Bruce and Huron county’s through Georgian Bay. Also, putting parts of Eastern and Northeastern Ontario in a swath of 15-25cm. Little accumulation north of Lake Erie, but watch for icing with the potential of 5-8mm of accretion before the changeover to rain. 2-4cm of snow across the GTA, with brief freezing rain. A larger swath of 5-10cm of snow is expected across the light blue shaded area on our forecast map.

New Brunswick

[UPDATED] Unsettled Pattern Arrives in Eastern Canada

Unsettled week ahead for the Maritimes to Ontario, including Quebec.

A formidable late winter snow storm has dropped impressive snowfall totals across parts of the Canadian Prairies in recent days. The same storm system has weakened and stalled over the Great Lakes, while aiding in the formation of a new surface low that tracked into the Maritimes.

The newly-formed system tracked up the Eastern Seaboard concurrently as a trough sits over the Great Lakes, becoming a weather maker for much of Eastern Canada.

ONTARIO

Predominantly cloudy conditions, with periods of flurries and wet snow continues Thursday and Friday across Southern and Northeastern Ontario. Trace amounts are expected for most, but parts of Southwest Ontario and Eastern Ontario could see several day totals approach 10-20cm. Actual ground accumulation will be less considering melting and settling.

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A more substantial in addition to localized snowfall threat will develop Wednesday morning, spanning parts of southwest Ontario. As a result of moisture enhancement off of the Great Lakes and a stalled trough over the region. A few wet centimetres is likely to accumulate east of Lake Huron. The unsettled pattern continues into Wednesday, Thursday and perhaps Friday. 5-15 centimetres of accumulation spanning the work week is expected. Highest totals away from the lakeshore and in regions of higher elevation.

MARITIMES

A moisture-laden system approaching the Bay of Fundy will continue to spread snow and rain across the Maritimes. Moderate snowfall continues to impact central Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick. An additional 3-8cm of wet snow is expected to accumulate today, before this low tracks north. Precipitation will likely end as rain showers as temperatures warm. The heaviest totals from this system will be across a swath of central New Brunswick where 15-20cm is expected.

A second powerful storm system is expected to develop Friday lasting into Sunday. Strong winds gusting 50-70km/h and heavy snowfall amounting to an additional 10-25cm will be a concern.

Snow is expected to begin across Nova Scotia and PEI, transitioning to rain as the warm sector of the storm continues north throughout the day Thursday. Highest accumulations are expected in Cape Breton. Elsewhere, several wet centimetres will fall before a changeover to rainfall. There is still some uncertainties in exact track of this system(s). Once forecast confident increases, we will publish a region specific forecast for the maritimes promptly.

Primarily snowfall is expected in central and northern New Brunswick, with a changeover to rainfall near the Bay of Fundy.

QUEBEC

Flurries and light snowfall continue in Southwestern Quebec. A retrograding coastal low moving west-wards towards the Saint Lawrence river Thursday into Friday morning, will being heavier snow to Southeast Quebec and the Eastern Townships. Total accumulations are expected to be in the 10-20cm range by Friday evening.

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