Brandon’s already dangerously icy roads are likely about to become that much more questionable based on a Special Weather Statement issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada on Thursday afternoon.
According to the statement issued over a broad section of Southern Manitoba, a weather system is expected to move into the area by early Friday morning in the form of snow and freezing drizzle that will continue through Saturday. By later Saturday and into Sunday, precip is expected to continue but transition to mainly snow.
The ECCC forecast for Brandon itself has snow beginning late Thursday night with overnight accumulations of 2-4cm. Uncertainty in the form of precipitation is shown as setting in into Friday as daytime temperatures rise slightly. Brandon is then forecast to see snow during the day on Saturday giving way to cloudiness on Saturday night and a sun/cloud mix on Sunday. It’s recommended checking the most up-to-date forecast for your area for when and how the system may effect you.
Though one should never underestimate risks associated with potentially prolonged periods of freezing drizzle, in terms of overall accumulations one could make the case that the Province will get off easier than our counterparts South of the 49th parallel where the same overall system is expected to bring in excess of 30cm of snow in some areas. The current weather statement for Manitoba indicates than snowfall amounts could exceed 10cm here closer to the international border and the escarpment.
All weather statements in place for Manitoba including Brandon can be read at:
It stands to reason that the condition of area highways will also be of concern. Updated highway conditions can be monitored at: