Environment Canada has issued a blowing snow advisory for much of southern Manitoba as Old Man Winter will make his presence known throughout the day on Friday.

Friday morning begins whit somewhat mild temperatures, but that will quickly change with temperatures plummeting and biting wind chills appearing. At 5 a.m. in Winnipeg, the temperature is -8. However, it's expected to drop to -19 by the afternoon.

A falling temperature, combined with strong winds from the northwest gusting to 60 km/h, and the afternoon wind chill is expected to make it feel more like -33.

Freshly falling snow will also combine with the strong winds to severely reduce visibility throughout the day, hence the blowing snow advisory.

Environment Canada issues a blowing snow advisory when visibility is reduced to 800 metres or less for at least three hours. 

The forecaster says travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero. They remind motorists to slow down and watch for tail lights and be prepared to stop.

Conditions are expected to improve in the evening as snowfall tapers and winds settle down.

In the north extreme cold warnings persist. Wind chill values of -45 to -50 are occurring throughout much of the top of the province without relief in sight any time soon.

Current watches and warnings

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