Yep – that time again – Mother Nature is really drunk.
It is raining, snowing, with thunder, lightning, and it is windy.
i am sitting at work – it is my first day back from my vacation – to play cleanup and keep everyone abreast of the highway conditions and how it will affect us.
Right now – our little city is being surrounded by road closures.
This is our “Blizzard Warning” even though we are currently in the middle of it:
A powerful winter storm has brought blizzard conditions to extreme western Manitoba as of mid-afternoon, and blizzard conditions are expected to move eastward into the remainder of western Manitoba this evening. Heavy freezing rain showers or even thunderstorms occurred in southwestern Manitoba this afternoon, and this remains a possibility in some areas early this evening.
This wide variety of weather is courtesy of an intense low pressure system currently located in North Dakota moving northwards towards southern Manitoba. This storm is bringing northwest winds of 50-70 km/h with gusts as high as 90 km/h along with heavy snow resulting in blizzard conditions to areas near the Saskatchewan border as of mid-afternoon, and these blizzard conditions will spread eastward this evening. The blizzard is expected to continue throughout the day Tuesday before tapering off Tuesday evening.
Snowfall total will be significant with this system, ranging from 10 cm near the international border, 20-30 cm in the Parklands and evening higher amounts in northern Manitoba where up to 60 cm is forecast.
Winds will be a bit lighter in the Swan River – Grand Rapids area and a winter storm warning is in effect there. Significant snow is likely in both these communities with 20-35 cm accumulation by Tuesday evening.
At the moment it appears that Winnipeg, the Red River Valley and points east will escape the brunt of this storm, and no weather warnings are currently in effect. However, strong winds gusting to 80 km/h, snow and blowing snow are expected to develop overnight tonight and persist on Tuesday.
This is a major storm system. Highway closures and power outages are likely. The public is advised to postpone travel in western Manitoba, eastern Saskatchewan and northern Manitoba until the storm passes.
Meteorologists are closely monitoring the path of this system and will issued further warnings if necessary.
Travel is expected to be extremely hazardous due to reduced visibility. Road closures are possible.
Quiet night here at work it will be. There will be a documentary or three playing in the background and i will have time to audit and upload CHEP pallets for the last 2 weeks. This will also have me cleaning up the China annex backlog that seemed to happen once i went on vacation (2 days in).
i made sure that Sir had candles, food, and water before i left for work. He made sure His tablet and phone had been charged up in case there was a power failure. We have been lucky as we know some smaller towns surrounding us (and country folks) have lost theirs or it has been flickering.
Anyway it is time to get to work and get things done here.
Stay warm A/all. 😀