While many Canadians are still enjoying fall warmth, others are gearing up for a full-on winter storm. Thanksgiving weekend weather in Canada will be January-like in some provinces, slated to get up to 50 cm of snow. The Weather Network reports that heavy snowfall is the result of a Colorado low sweeping across the western part of the country.
Heavy snowfall and dangerous blizzard conditions are expected to sweep across Manitoba this week as the province braces for its first real heaping of the white stuff this season. Weather experts predict that the worst of the weather will hit this Friday. However, conditions are only going to let up slightly as the snowy weather pushes through into Thanksgiving weekend.
"The slow storm motion and northerly track will result in a well-defined east to west snow gradient across central Manitoba, which will likely encompass the city of Winnipeg," says Weather Network meteorologist Kevin MacKay.
So, just how bad is it suppose to get on Friday? Well, according to Mackay, it’s going to be enough to bury certain parts of the province in a blanket of white. "The greatest accumulations will likely be between the North Dakota border and Highway 1, between Brandon and Portage la Prairie, where 50+ cm is possible through Saturday."
Blizzard conditions are also likely to hit just south of Lake Manitoba along the Trans-Canada highway. Winds with gusts of up to 80km/h are expected to wreak havoc on the area. Environment Canada issued the following warning:
"Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve, prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow."
Western Canadians aren’t only ones dealing with a possible onslaught of snow. It was reported last week that a "weak system" could bring early snowfall to parts of northwestern Ontario.