The Snowfall warning has ended for the Morden, Winkler, Altona and Morris regions, as well most of southeastern Manitoba to the Ontario border. According to Environment Canada, a few more centimeters fell this morning, on top of the 5 to 10 already received, with the highest amounts near the American and Ontario border.
"The expectation had always been this second wave would pack more punch regarding the intensity of snowfall over the timeframe it was expected to drop, and we are certainly seeing that Friday morning with highway conditions more challenging than Thursday," explained CMOS Accredited Weathercaster Chris Sumner. "Most areas within the Warning have received more snow in this second wave, compared to the first Wednesday night to Thursday morning, and that increased snowfall is also being coupled with gusty northwesterly winds up to 50 km/h, which is leading to considerable blowing snow and reduced visibility."
Morris area resident Greg Wiebe shared with PembinaValleyOnline he received about 12.7cms (or 5 inches) of snow overnight Thursday to Friday morning.
Early reports to PembinaValleyOnline indicate general snowfall totals Thursday night through Friday morning at 5am between 7 to 10cms, with more on the way before the system moves out of the region.
"When this is all said and done, the initial forecast of 10 to 20cms from both rounds of snowfall will be on the money," noted Sumner. "Again, it may not look like that in some regions due to melting yesterday, but there's no doubt about it, this was a substantial early season event."
Surface high pressure begins building into the region Friday night, setting up sunny but chilly conditions for the weekend, with highs between -3 and -5 both Saturday and Sunday. Averages for this time of year are +7 daytime and -4 overnight, meaning we will ten degrees colder than usual, or more, for the end of October.
And just in case the dumping we've had so far wasn't enough for you, there are signs of potentially another system bringing more snow Monday.
"At this point, the forecast models are showing a low pressure system moving through the region Monday to Tuesday which could bring a couple centimeters, but based on current projections, we're not expecting it to be a major snowmaker."
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