We can expect Winter Storm Watches and Warnings to be issued as a strong winter storm makes its way to southern Manitoba this weekend. 

Currently, Environment and Climate Change Canada has a Special Weather Statement in effect. 

Snow will begin in southern Manitoba Saturday evening and may change to freezing rain and rain in southeast parts of the province, including the Red River Valley, Saturday night. Between 20 to 30 cms could accumulate where the precipitation remains snow, likely west and north of the Red River Valley.

Environment Canada notes, we could even hear a few rumbles of thunder with this system. Strong winds with gusts up to 80 km/h are anticipated for Saturday night and Sunday, creating low visibility in blowing snow. Unnecessary travel is not recommended.

The exact track of this system is uncertain and as a result, the location of the snow, freezing rain, and rain is uncertain and will become clearer as the system approaches, added the weather agency.

The storm will move out of the region Monday.