Winter storm warning in effect for Flin Flon, Creighton, surrounding areas

Hope you enjoyed our recent nice weather while it lasted. The Flin Flon area - along with most of Saskatchewan and Manitoba - is currently under a winter storm warning that isn't expected to lift until Tuesday.

The warning was issued Monday morning, with forecasts from Environment Canada anticipating "heavy snow, blowing snow and patchy freezing rain today and tonight" in the official warning notice. The culprit is a low pressure system coming from the western prrairies, expected to dump a large amount of snow - up to 25 centimetres in some areas - throughout Monday and into Tuesday. Some forecasts also include a chance of freezing rain that may mix with the fallen snow.

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Flin Flon RCMP are advising against travel during the storm, saying several drivers have already gotten stuck or had collisions due to the volatile weather and road conditions.

Drivers are asked to postpone plans until weather improves. Anyone who does hit the highways should anticipate quickly changing or deteriorating conditions with little visiibility due to the heavy, blowing snow. Roads, sidewalks and other surfaces are expected to either be covered or slippery.

The weather system is expected to hit Ontario Tuesday and likely be gone from northern Manitoba by the end of the day.

Up to 15 centimetres of snow is anticipated in the Flin Flon area Monday, with another 5-10 centimetres expected Monday night. Winds gusting up to 60 kilometres an hour are also expected, along with lows in the minus teens.

Forecasts for later in the week anticipate a return to sunshine and above-zero temperatures, with a mix of sun and cloud anticipated for the remained of the week once the low pressure system lifts.

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