Winter Arrives with a Bang in Southern Manitoba

Snow plows clear streets in downtown Winnipeg early Friday, November 19, 2010. (SHAUN MCLEOD)

Winter has finally arrived, Winnipeg — and it’s sloppy out there.

The morning commute was a slow one Friday as motorists crawled due to the sudden blast of the white stuff overnight.

City crews were out doing their best to clear the 10 cm of snow that fell, with sand trucks not far behind.

The weather even caused a Winnipeg police cruiser to skid off the road on Lagimodiere Boulevard just after 1 a.m. Friday. The single-vehicle collision ended with the cruiser striking a pole and needing to be towed out. Both officers were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Northbound lanes of Lagimodiere at Burmac Road were closed temporarily while the scene was cleared.

A number of highways in the province were closed late Thursday due to icy conditions as the storm approached Winnipeg. Highway 83 from Russell to Roblin and Highway 10 through Riding Mountain National Park were closed, and Highway 15 just west of Dugald, where RCMP were dealing with a crash. Visit the province’s website for updated road conditions in your area.

Inside the city, police are warning motorists to slow down and adjust their speed to the conditions. They also remind drivers to keep a safe distance between the vehicle in front of them to avoid any pre-weekend fender benders.

The City of Winnipeg announced details today on its annual winter parking bans. You can visit for information on how to subscribe to e-mail alerts when a ban is put in place.

“Ensuring safe travel on Winnipeg streets during the winter season is a top priority for the Public Works Department,” said Ken Boyd, Manager of Streets Maintenance. “By learning the four different types of winter parking bans and using online tools such as email subscriptions and snow clearing maps, residents can assist us in snow clearing efforts by moving their vehicles. Streets with no parked vehicles make snow removal more efficient.”

Environment Canada is calling for Saturday to be sunny with a high of -13°C.

Updated at 11 a.m.