Manitoba Braces for Worst Blizzard in Decades

Manitoba officials said they will monitor river levels and flood conditions as they brace for a spring blizzard of snow over southern Manitoba.

Environment Canada said that the storm will arrive on Tuesday night, while Colorado’s low-pressure system moving toward Minnesota will bring 30 to 50 centimeters of snow and northerly winds of up to 90 kilometers per hour from southeastern Saskatchewan through most of southern Manitoba.

“Do not plan to travel— this storm has the potential to be the worst blizzard in decades,” Environment Canada said.

On Friday morning, the affected regions could see snowfall accumulations between 30 to 50 centimeters, with pileups approaching 80 centimeters expected in the higher areas of western Manitoba and the western Red River Valley.

Environment Canada said the weather should improve on Friday, as the snowstorm will go toward northern Ontario.

Public Safety Canada advised everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight.

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