|Morris, MB. Taken by Brent Neff on Monday|
A fairly vigorous Alberta Clipper (although it wasn't much of a clipper!) pummeled southern Manitoba to start this work week. Areas southwest of Winnipeg were hardest hit. Heavy bands of snow continuously circulated over these areas yesterday allowing for jaw-dropping snowfall totals in the 30-60 cm range by Tuesday morning. In addition, as expected the easterly winds allowed for enhanced snowfall amounts along the escarpment thanks to upsloping. I have created a snowfall totals map (click to enlarge):
|Amounts courtesy of Environment Canada and Rob's Blog; map courtesy of Google Maps. CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE|
|Carman, MB. Pic by Dwayne|
Highway closures were not numerous with this storm however. Only parts of highways 5 and 16 were shut down for several hours during the event. Several crashes were reported across the province as well.
There were even a few power outages in Winnipeg during the event thanks to some downed power lines. 5,500 people were offline temporarily in Linden Woods yesterday.
The official snow depth for Winnipeg as of today stands at 55 cm. This is the deepest snow depth since the great blizzard of 1997. Despite the significant increase in snow depth across the Assiniboine and Red River watersheds, the province still expects a minor to moderate chance of flooding this spring. The key reason for the lower chance this year despite all the snow is soil moisture. After 2 consecutive dry years, the ground is quite dry and can take in more moisture than it would if it were saturated. That is what makes this year so much different from spring 2011 when soils were saturated.
We have now had about 143 cm of snowfall since October in Winnipeg. This is about 25 cm above the approximate 1981-2010 normal of 117 cm for an entire season (from October to May).
|Taken in Brandon by Erol Kamali|
This storm marks the anniversary of the March 4, 1966 blizzard and March's biggest daily snowfall on record on March 4, 1935 (38.1 cm). It seems big storms happen often on March 4!