A Montana low-pressure system is expected to drop the first snowfall of the season on southern Manitoba. 

Portions of western and central Manitoba are under a snowfall warning as the system approaches. 

Environment Canada Meteorologist Natalie Hasell says they are tracking two weather systems.

According to Environment Canada, the first system will begin to spread accumulating snow to southwestern Manitoba Wednesday morning before spreading to the Red River Valley in the afternoon and ending overnight.

Areas closest to the American border will see the highest amounts with 24-hour total snowfall accumulations close to 20 centimetres. This same area is expected to receive another snowfall event beginning Thursday evening. 

"With these temperatures, it's going to be pretty heavy, sloppy stuff," adds Hasell.

For Steinbach, Environment Canada is calling for snow mixed with rain to begin Wednesday afternoon. Total snowfall amount will be about two to four centimetres. Then another five to 10 centimetres of snow is expected Wednesday night with additional snow on Thursday.

For the weekend, daytime highs are not expected to climb above the freezing mark. 

Environment Canada Meteorologist Samantha Mauti says this represents a big shift from above-average to below-average temperatures in the Southeast.

"So, in behind these systems, some very cold air intruding on southern Manitoba so bringing temperatures really low, below seasonal. Seasonal for Steinbach Manitoba is highs of eight degrees Celsius and lows of minus two so when you are seeing highs that are below zero, you are well below seasonal for this time of year. "

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