Updated at 7:30am Sunday, January 21st - the Blowing Snow Advisory for the region has ended.
A mix of sun and cloud is expected today, with the warmest temperatures we've seen in over a week. Daytime highs will land around -7,with southerly winds gusting to 40 km/h this morning before becoming light by the early afternoon.
With southerly winds picking up throughout the late afternoon on Saturday, visibility throughout the Red River Valley and Southeastern Manitoba has deteriorated along with it, especially as the evening arrived.
Environment Canada has issued a Blowing Snow Advisory for those regions including the communities of Morden, Winkler, Altona, Emerson, Morris, Vita and Steinbach. They are issued when winds are expected to create blowing snow giving poor visibility to 800 metres or less for at least 3 hours.
Poor visibility in snow and blowing snow is expected to continue well into the night. At its last report, late Saturday afternoon, Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure listed visibility on Highway 75, Highway 23 west of Morris, and PR 201 east of Letellier as poor.
"Southerly winds gusting from 60 to 70 km/h will produce poor visibilities in blowing snow, primarily south of Winnipeg this evening," indicated the forecaster in the Advisory. "Conditions will improve overnight tonight as winds diminish."
The forecast for Saturday night is for mainly cloudy conditions, and a 30 percent chance of flurries. Southerly winds of 50 km/h gusting to 70 are expected for several hours, until diminishing to 30 gusting to 50 near midnight.
Those southerly winds are ushering in a warmer airmass to the region, with the temperature rising to minus 13 by morning, and daytime highs Sunday expected to be around -9.