The Weather Network – Difficult start to the week as winter warnings span the Prairies

Monday, January 31st 2022, 12:05 pm – Widespread winter warnings span the Prairies as a fast moving Alberta clipper threatens dangerous travel through Tuesday morning.

A fast-moving Alberta clipper will bring a brief, but potent wintry blast to the Prairies to end January on Monday. While snowfall totals won’t be anything overly impressive, these clipper systems can drop visibility to near-zero with blustery winds and whiteout conditions. Blizzard warnings are in effect for parts of southern Saskatchewan, while special weather statements, winter storm watches and snowfall warnings span Alberta and Manitoba. More on the timing and impacts expected, below.

MONDAY INTO TUESDAY: POOR VISIBILITY AND DANGEROUS TRAVEL AMID BLOWING SNOW, BLIZZARD CONDITIONS

Snowfall will spill across central Alberta and fill into central Saskatchewan near the Yellowhead Highway through the day on Monday.

Blizzard conditions with poor visibility and difficult travel are expected through Monday afternoon, prompting blizzard warnings for parts of southern Saskatchewan, including the city of Regina first thing Monday morning.

“The falling snow and strong winds will combine to create blizzard conditions with near-zero visibilities at times,” says Environment and Climate Change Canada in the blizzard warning. “Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.”

Strong northwest winds gusting up to 90 km / h are possible for parts of southern Saskatchewan Monday.

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Conditions will continue to deteriorate across Manitoba as the system tracks eastwards by Monday evening, with the heaviest snow targeting the Interlake Region.

Winds are expected to pick up through the overnight hours in southern Manitoba, with gusts in excess of 80 km / h likely making for tricky travel into Tuesday morning as well.

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Snowfall accumulations through the Prairies will be the highest across a swath of central areas of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, where 5-15 cm is anticipated.

There is also a slight risk of freezing rain over parts of Saskatchewan and primarily south of the Trans-Canada Highway in southwestern Manitoba into the afternoon.

BLOWING SNOW CREATES SCARY DRIVING CONDITIONS ON ALBERTA HIGHWAYS MONDAY

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