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Media Bulletin - Manitoba

April 7, 2012

WIND ALERT ISSUED FOR MANITOBA LAKES



Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation’s provincial Flood Forecast Centre has issued a wind alert regarding possible shoreline ice pileup and localized flooding.

People near the shores of the large lakes are warned to be cautious as possible ice pileup and localized flooding could occur due to predicted high wind gusts.  Lake ice is thin and there are open water conditions.

Changing ice conditions make it difficult to pinpoint any single area or community.

Environment Canada forecasts:

  • Lake Winnipeg South Basin:  Winds today from the southeast at 30 km/h, becoming southwest 50, gusting to 70 early this afternoon, then becoming west 30 near midnight.  On Sunday, winds will be from the west at 40 km/h, gusting to 60.
  • Lake Manitoba:  Winds today from the west at 60, gusting to 80.  Tonight, west winds at 60 km/h, gusting to 80, then diminishing to 30.  On Sunday, winds will be from the west at 30 km/h.
  • Lake Winnipegosis:  Winds becoming northwest 40, gusting to 60 late this afternoon.  Tonight, winds from the northwest 40 km/h, gusting to 60.

Current lake levels in feet (with 2011 peaks in brackets):

  • Lake Winnipegosis:  832.89 (834.82);
  • Lake Manitoba:  813.66 (817.15); and
  • Lake Winnipeg:  713.58 (716.90).

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