Special Weather / Winter Storm Alert – November 7, 2020

NOVEMBER 7, 2020
Special Weather / Winter Storm Alerts for Manitoba

Please check your local weather warnings here: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=mb

Central Manitoba, including the northern Interlake area, will see freezing rain and high winds beginning Sunday at noon, with increasing severity through the afternoon into the evening hours and overnight into Monday.

There will be snow continuing in northern Manitoba.

We are noting that with the freezing rain and high winds, hydro infrastructure could be at risk. This could mean power surges and power outages. Hydro outages can be reported and tracked online at: https://account.hydro.mb.ca/Portal/outeroutage.aspx

It is also possible that Manitoba highways will be closed or travel could be restricted because of this event. Manitoba Highways notification # is 511. http://manitoba511.ca/en/

We encourage everyone to be prepared with a 72 hour emergency kit in case there are issues with power. Two different sites where you can access information on 72 hour emergency kits are:

https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/kts/index-en.aspx or https://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/emergencies-and-disasters-in-canada/be-ready-emergency-preparedness-and-recovery/get-an-emergency-kit

For Immediate Release: Communities in State of Emergency

Interlake Reserves Tribal Council and its member communities: Dauphin River First Nation, Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation, Lake Manitoba First Nation, Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Peguis First Nation, and Pinaymootang First Nation are declaring a state of emergency from the recent and current snow storm underway.

Chairman Cornell McLean shares that “our communities are vulnerable in natural disasters such as these, we cannot wait 72 hours to declare a state of emergency. Especially elders and parents with children. Our tribal council and member communities has led these emergency management developments for years and we have determined this is the time to declare.

”IRTC has been in contact with each community assessing the current damage and needs, the most common themes of being power outages, broken power lines and hydro poles, as well as elders, parents with little children such in the cold with no heat and electricity. Roads are also blocked and covered with snow. We have been organized and working well with each communities leadership to assess needs and respond. “Karl Zadnik, Executive Director.

Chief McLean goes on to add both governments have to focus on our emergency needs and work with us to address these concerns. We are open and committed to working with all levels.

For any questions or immediate concerns please contact Karl Zadnik, email: karlzadnik@irtc.ca

Special Weather Statement – Thursday 01 March 2018














Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Jackhead Res.
  • Moose Creek Prov. Forest Pine Dock and Matheson Island
  • Mun. of Bifrost-Riverton incl. Arborg Hnausa and Hecla
  • Peguis Res. and Fisher River Res.
  • R.M. of Fisher incl. Poplarfield
  • R.M. of Grahamdale incl. Gypsumville Moosehorn and Camper
  • R.M. of West Interlake incl. Eriksdale and Ashern

Major winter storm possible beginning Sunday evening and persisting through Monday.

Southern Manitoba may see the first major winter storm of the season as a complex weather system develops over the coming days, culminating in a potent Colorado Low that is forecast to spread heavy snow northwards.

The predictability of this system is still quite low, so be sure to watch for updated statements, watches, warnings, and forecasts as the weekend progresses. This weather system will have the potential to produce major travel disruptions.

Southern Manitoba will see multiple batches of snow over the coming days as this storm develops. The first is forecast to occur on Friday night into Saturday morning. Snow is forecast to develop in North Dakota, then lift northwards through southern Manitoba. Amounts with this band of snow are forecast to remain low, with general accumulations of up to 4 centimetres.

For areas in the Parkland eastwards across the Interlake towards the Ontario border, a more sustained snowfall event will begin on Saturday as the snow that moves through on Friday night will join with an area of snow moving eastwards out of Saskatchewan. General accumulations of 2 to 4 centimetres are forecast at this time, however portions of the Riding Mountains could see substantially more as easterly winds will enhance the snowfall rates.

The main event will occur Sunday night into Monday. A strong Colorado Low is forecast to begin spreading snow northwards into southern Manitoba by Sunday evening, rapidly intensifying as the night progresses. This heavy snow is forecast to continue through Monday, then begin to gradually diminish on Monday night into Tuesday. Snowfall totals are forecast to be significant. While it’s too early to be too specific, current guidance suggests a high probability of storm total snowfall amounts of 15 to 30 centimetres.

Wind of 30 to 40 km/h will combine with heavy snow and give reduced visibilities in blowing snow. Travel on highways will likely be impacted.

This is a complex weather system that will continue to evolve and develop over the coming days. Continue to check for updated statements, alerts, and forecasts over the coming days for additional details.

Weather Alert – 2:14pm September 19, 2017

10:25 AM CDT Tuesday 19 September 2017 Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:
Jackhead Res.Moose Creek Prov. Forest Pine Dock and Matheson IslandMun. of Bifrost-Riverton incl. Arborg Hnausa and HeclaPeguis Res. and Fisher River Res.R.M. of Fisher incl. PoplarfieldR.M. of Grahamdale incl. Gypsumville Moosehorn and CamperR.M. of West Interlake incl. Eriksdale and Ashern
Conditions are favourable for the development of very dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts and flooding rain. A low pressure system now in Saskatchewan will slowly track through southern Manitoba later today. This weather system will spread rain through southern Manitoba today and tonight with widespread rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 mm. There is the likelihood that intense embedded thunderstorms will accompany this rain. These severe thunderstorms may bring rainfall totals over 50 mm as well as locally strong wind gusts. The potential for these intense rainfalls will begin in the Westman area late this afternoon and then move through the Red River Valley and interlake areas this evening. These severe thunderstorms may persist past midnight as they continue towards the Ontario boundary.
Very strong wind gusts can damage buildings, down trees and blow large vehicles off the road. Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors! Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

Weather Alert – 3:34pm August 19, 2017

3:27 PM CDT Saturday 19 August 2017 Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:
Jackhead Res.Moose Creek Prov. Forest Pine Dock and Matheson IslandMun. of Bifrost-Riverton incl. Arborg Hnausa and HeclaPeguis Res. and Fisher River Res.R.M. of Fisher incl. PoplarfieldR.M. of Grahamdale incl. Gypsumville Moosehorn and CamperR.M. of West Interlake incl. Eriksdale and Ashern