Environment and Climate Change Canada says much of southern Manitoba is under a blizzard warning as heavy snow and gusty winds are expected throughout the rest of the week.

The "major spring blizzard" is set to hit western Manitoba beginning overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning, making its way across the province. In some areas, 30 to 50 centimetres is possible, with northerly winds gusting 70 to 90 kilometres per hour.

Travel is not recommended during this storm. Experts are saying "widespread highway closures are a near-certainty", as near zero visibility is expected.

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Meteorologists are also anticipating power outages throughout the province with rural areas potentially seeing "extended outages".  It's recommended you stock up on supplies and medications now.

Conditions should improve by Friday, as the heaviest snow moves into northern Ontario. The clean-up after this storm could last into next week.

Blizzard warnings are issued when widespread reduced visibilities of 400 metres or less are expected for at least 4 hours.