It took a little bit longer than expected but a major Colorado low has made its way north of the border. 

After crossing the US/Canada border early yesterday evening, the storm slowed its progression northward. 

“It was snowing in Altona early last evening but it took just forever to get to Winnipeg, just crawled up here,” says Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Fulton, who notes that snowfall in Winnipeg began around 4 a.m.  

The city is expecting between 30 and 40 centimetres to fall, which means it’s not going to be “super-apocalyptic” according to Fulton. 

“West of (Winnipeg) still looking at flat-out blizzard conditions as you move into western Manitoba and, indeed, you won’t get too far out of the city limits of Winnipeg before you’re in some pretty nasty stuff.”

Wind gusts up to 70 km/h will cause reduced visibility and near-white out conditions. 

“Once a little bit gets on the ground, those winds will really rip it around,” says Fulton. “It’s definitely a day to just stay home if you can.”