The warnings are still in effect, but it appears that southern Manitoba may have seen the worst of the spring snowstorm.
Snow and snowstorms are expected to continue throughout the southern half of the province on Thursday, but the low-pressure system responsible for the drastic return of winter is beginning to weaken, Environment Canada said.
Total snowfall of 5 to 10 centimeters – instead of the originally projected 10-15 cm – is likely in the Red River Valley, including Winnipeg and southeastern Manitoba on Thursday.
“[We] we can see this storm slowly subsiding, “said Dan Fulton, Canada’s senior meteorologist on environment and climate change.
The Winnipeg region gained a total of 25 inches on Wednesday when the storm first arrived. Fulton believes that western Manitoba has had more than that, but the official amounts are not yet in progress.
This part of the province, including Brandon, should have a much easier day, with only two to five centimeters, according to the forecast of Environment Canada. Dauphin and the Interlake area are expected to gain another five to 10 centimeters.
Fulton expects the total snowfall to be 30-35 cm in southern Manitoba by the end of the storm, much less than originally forecast.
These forecasts suggested a range of 30-50 centimeters, but closer to 80 centimeters at higher altitudes of Riding Mountain and Turtle Mountain.
Several blizzard warnings that have been in effect in western Manitoba for most of the week have been removed from Environment Canada and replaced with winter storm warnings that cover almost anywhere else in the south.
Gusts of wind continue to be strong at times, causing fresh snow, so traveling on highways may be difficult or impossible, especially on Thursday morning, says Environment Canada.
More than two dozen highways or sections of highways have been closed due to poor driving conditions. Information on ever-changing road conditions can be found on the province’s website.