Environment Canada has expanded a Special Weather Statement to most of Southern Manitoba ahead of the expected arrival of a strong low pressure system Friday night which will bring with it heavy snow, and potentially, gusty winds.

The Statement was issued Thursday morning for most of western Manitoba, and was pushed eastward as far as the Red River Thursday afternoon. The Pilot Mound, Manitou, Morden, Carman, Winkler, Altona and Morris regions are included in the Statement area.

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According to the weather agency, a developing low pressure system tracking along the international border will spread snow into southern Manitoba Friday night into early Saturday morning.

As much as 10 to 20 cm of snow is possible in some areas, with this system through Saturday evening. Moderate southeasterly winds will develop ahead of this disturbance, coinciding with the leading bands of organized snowfall. This will produce areas of blowing snow on Saturday, which could result in deteriorating travel conditions.

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"Confidence with this system, at this time, is moderate due to the continued variability of the system's track," noted Environment Canada. "It is possible, that over the next 24 hours, the track of the low may shift further south, limiting the snowfall amounts and blowing snow potential."