Manitoba storm has moved on, but more snow on the horizon – Winnipeg


Manitoba’s latest snowstorm may not have reached the historic proportions some expected, but the snowfall has lived up to expectations.

Environment Canada says the greatest snowfall reported came from Onanole and Riding Mountain National Park at 82 centimeters. Further south, Killarney sighted about 60cm. The south-central region, including Winnipeg, got between 25 and 35 cm, although a bit more came down closer to the border, with Morden recording 38 cm.

Just north of Winnipeg, Selkirk was hit a little harder. He was about 45cm tall.

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Environment Canada notes that the measurements were reported by volunteers and are considered preliminary and unofficial.

“This system has practically moved into Atlantic Canada and has weakened significantly,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Dave Carlsen.

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“The cloud is produced over Nova Scotia, arcs over Quebec, then moves northeast to southwest over southern Manitoba. So technically we’re still influenced by the system, but that’s not a significant thing in any way.

Carlsen says Manitoba isn’t off the hook just yet, however, with more snow on the horizon Sunday afternoon and evening.

He expects southwestern areas, such as Melita, Brandon and Pilot Mound, to see somewhat heavier snowfall in the range of 10 to 15 centimeters.

Moving east towards the Red River Valley, including Winnipeg and Morden, there will be slightly less, in the range of 5 to 10 centimeters.

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“So yeah, it’s not over. And then after that it looks like mid-week, somewhere around Wednesday, we’re looking at maybe decent snowfall as well,” Carlsen said.

“Amounts vary wildly from model to model, but it can range from a few centimeters up to 10 or maybe even a little more. I don’t expect anything like 30 centimeters of snowfall in forecasting models.

While fresh snow can be a nuisance, it shouldn’t lead to greater flooding problems, according to civil engineering professor Jay Doering of the University of Manitoba.

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“The infrastructure has improved so much. All communities in the Red River Valley are built up to 1997 (flood) plus two feet. We have a significantly widened floodway and have made significant upgrades to pump stations in the City of Winnipeg,” Doering said.

“So unless that snow melts incredibly quickly, and that doesn’t seem to be in the cards, I think it’s going to be well within the capacity of what we can handle.”

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In the meantime, Manitoba Hydro says it had prepared for a similar event to 2019, when a snowstorm in October wreaked havoc in southern Manitoba, downing power lines across the region and leaving some without electricity for weeks.

This time around, spokesman Bruce Owen says there was a major difference.

“The leaves were still in the trees (in 2019). This heavy, wet snow clinging to leaves, trees, breaking branches, falling on our lines and causing all kinds of problems all over southern Manitoba and Winnipeg,” said Owen.

“We haven’t seen that.”

Still, Owen says there were localized outages and downed power lines Thursday in a handful of areas, including Steinbach, McGregor, Hartley and Fisher River Cree Nation.

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Impacts of the storm on rural Manitoba

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