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Blizzard conditions, dangerous travel ahead of Thanksgiving long weekend

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Parts of southern Manitoba are in for an epic blast of snow in the lead up to Thanksgiving weekend, while other areas of the province and neighbouring northwestern Ontario are also in for torrential downpours -- with some areas seeing both snow AND rain over the course of this event, depending on timing. Special weather statements and snowfall warnings are already in place ahead of the system. We have the timing of this storm, and when and where to expect the worst travel conditions, below.

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WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Snow begins Thursday, intensifies on Friday
  • Strong winds Friday make blizzard-like conditions likely
  • Areas east of Winnipeg to see downpours, city itself on the knife's edge between heavy snow and heavy rain
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area

WATCH BELOW: TIMING OUT THE SNOW AND RAIN IN THE COMING DAYS

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After Alberta received a shot of heavy snow earlier this week, Manitoba is next in line for a significant dumping of the white stuff.

Manitobans in the province's southwest will wake up to light snow Thursday, but the big show will still be ahead, as a Colorado low south of the International Border feeds into the region.

After a brief break, the snow from the system will intensify Friday, heralding an almost continuous blast of snow lasting through to Saturday.

The heaviest parts of the province could receive as much as 50 cm of snow, with lesser, though still significant amounts over a wider area. However, people in Winnipeg should be especially attentive to the forecast over the coming days, as the map below shows:

a close up of a map: PR Snow © Provided by Pelmorex Media Inc. PR Snow

"Winnipeg is right on the transition between rain and snow and is just as likely to see 30 cm as they are to see 5 cm, with heavy rain," Weather Network meteorologist Kevin MacKay says Wednesday afternoon.

That wide discrepancy not only in accumulations, but also whether the system's impact will be snow or rain, comes from very marginal temperatures near or just above freezing.

One thing travellers will need to keep in mind is the system's very strong winds:

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They'll pick up rapidly on Friday, when the province will be in the thick of the snow as well, with gusts in the 80-90 km/h range.

Whether that results in blizzard warnings will remain to be seen, as Environment Canada maintains specific criteria for a snowstorm to be called a blizzard. But still, those will be strong winds just the same, and likely to result in blowing snow in the southwest.

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Conditions will improve in Manitoba Saturday, but winds will remain gusty at times. At this point, Sunday will be the most ideal day to travel as quieter weather moves in.

STORM TO BRING HEAVY RAIN, STRONG WINDS TO SOUTHEASTERN MANITOBA, NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO

If the snow wasn't enough, southeastern Manitoba could receive more than 50 mm of rain with the same system, based on the current weather forecast. More rain would only add to the flooding concerns, which prompted local states of emergency for some communities in the last few months.

Areas in northwestern Ontario will get strictly rain -- and heavy amounts, too, -- because of the temperature contrast between the two provinces. Through Saturday, strong winds and between 50 to 75 mm of rain is forecasted for areas around Lake of the Woods.

a close up of a map: PR Rain © Provided by Pelmorex Media Inc. PR Rain

While the weather will remain unsettled in northwestern Ontario until after the Thanksgiving long weekend, Sunday will be the best day to travel.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network online, on TV and on social media for the latest updates on the storm.

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