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Snow, high winds, river flooding - Manitoba's getting it all

09.10.2019 06:59
By: Harry Callaghan

At least the mosquitoes are all gone..maybe


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The snow has started in some parts of Westman, but isn't expected to begin coming down in Brandon until this afternoon. Environment Canada also continues to warn about a Colorado Low.

Here's the latest:

"A cold front pushing in from Saskatchewan will bring colder temperatures with some rain or snow Wednesday.

This has led to some snowfall warnings being issued for the Riding Mountain area.

There is also a potential for accumulating snowfall from over the southwest corner of the province into the Red River valley and northwestward toward Berens River as a Colorado Low tracks north Thursday. Amounts could be in excess of 5 cm by Thursday night.

Currently, it appears regions in the Red River Valley and eastward will see a transition from rain to snow Thursday. However, exact position and timing of the transition is still uncertain, so the precipitation amounts and type in the forecast may change as the system develops.

This Colorado Low will affect Manitoba with snow and strong winds throughout the weekend. Travel will be affected."

The system coming into Manitoba will also cause the winds to pick-up. In Brandon, we can expect gusts up to 50 kmh from the north later today.

Elsewhere, High Wind Warnings have been issued for the south basin of Lake Manitoba and for Gimli and Victoria Beach on Lake Winnipeg - also for south Dauphin Lake and Winnipegosis.

The high winds and wave action could raise lake levels by as much as 1.5 metres or more.

And all this moisture has caused flooding in some parts of Manitoba, and has the Red River rising to a record level.

It's expected to crest this week near 14.5 feet - normal for this time of year is 6.5 feet.

Because of the high river level, the province is looking at activating the Red River Floodway, as early as this evening (Oct 9).