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Southeastern Prairies brace for snow


Snowfall totals expected through Wednesday
Snowfall totals expected through Wednesday

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

October 26, 2010 — A powerful fall storm could bring rain, strong winds and the first significant snowfall to parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba today.

Monday's snow in Camrose, Alberta
Monday's snow in Camrose, Alberta

A rapidly intensifying low pressure system is spinning over the central part of the country at this hour.

It's a big storm, and it has the potential to do some damage.

By tonight, it will be bringing parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba heavy rain, gusty winds and, in some cases, the first significant snowfall of the year.

“This is a very powerful storm,” says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “It has characteristics similar to a Nor'Easter, except that it has formed over land.”

Up to 25 cm of snow could fall in parts of southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba. Watches and warnings have already been issued by Environment Canada. Drivers are being advised to take extra precautions on roadways.

Types of precipitation forecast
Types of precipitation forecast

“In addition to snow, we're also looking at some very powerful winds,” says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “That could mean slick driving conditions and poor visibility.”

This same system could bring heavy rain, gusty winds and severe thunderstorms to parts of Ontario today. In the United States, there's the potential for tornadoes, similar to the twisters that tore across Texas on Sunday.

This isn't the first time the Prairies have had snow in the forecast. Flurries began falling in some places back in September. Earlier this week, parts of Alberta were blanketed with snow, as well.

To stay up-to-date on your local forecast details, click our Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV for our coverage of this storm.

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