After a very mild weekend with above-average temperatures, most people went to bed with it looking like spring outside Sunday night. Things quickly changed overnight and while it certainly isn't the biggest winter storm we have ever seen, there is once again a light blanket of snow on the ground around Portage la Prairie and southern Manitoba.

For most of the weekend, a special weather statement was in effect with an Alberta Clipper expected to pass through the province late Sunday into today. Although the statement was ended late Sunday afternoon, the effects of the clipper are still being felt in the area.

With the wind gusting up to 60 km/h overnight and roughly 2 centimeters of snow, there has been some reduced visibility in blowing snow and some drifting in open areas.

All highways in the area are open and conditions seem to be a little worse west of Portage compared to the east, where things are much windier. Only one cancellation has been reported and that is to the North East of Portage where St. Laurent School will be closed for the day.

road reports and cancellations

road reportroad conditions as of 6 a.m. according to Manitoba highways. (white is the slipperiest)

There is a chance of freezing rain this morning as well but things should improve slightly late in the morning and the temperature may even briefly move onto the plus side. However cold temperatures will follow and by tonight, the wind chill will be close to -30, the wind will be gusting to 60 once again and another 2 centimeters of snow will fall. This will kick off several days of below average temperatures before things warm up with a forecast high of plus 4 on Friday to kick off the month of March.

latest forecast here

snowy road