Thursday, October 04, 2012

First snowstorm for Manitoba - Ontario

An early season winter storm is creating heavy snow and strong winds across the Red River Valley of North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba this morning. Heavy snow and winds in excess of 50km/h are creating whiteouts on the roads in that region. Low pressure will lift from South Dakota into northwest Ontario today along with the snow and wind. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for the area including southeast Manitoba and northwest Ontario. Temperatures are right around the freezing point this morning with a cold rain in Winnipeg, but snow south of the city along the US border. Some parts of northeast North Dakota will see over 30cm (1 foot) today with 10-20cm in Manitoba and northwest Ontario. The wind is producing blizzard conditions with difficult travel reported on Interstate 29 as well as Highway 75 north into Winnipeg. Later today snow and winds will spread across the Trans Canada Highway between Kenora and Winnipeg.

Temperatures behind the storm are cold for October with below freezing lows across Saskatchewan and Alberta. In Denver the temperature plunged from 83F yesterday down to near freezing overnight including an 18 degree drop in one hour. Accu-Weather reports winds to 47mph along with steady snow in Fargo, North Dakota this morning.

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