Snowy Weather Hits City as Caution Advised for Travel

A pickup truck travels in blistery conditions in Winnipeg on Saturday, November 24, 2012. (CHRISD.CA)
Snow blows off the roof of a house in Waverley West on Saturday. (CHRISD.CA)

A light layer of snow made for treacherous driving on southern Manitoba highways Saturday afternoon.

Winnipeg received between 3-5 centimetres of snow, which made for near zero visibility on some area highways when mixed with high winds.

The Perimeter Highway was icy by midday as some motorists pulled over to wait out the conditions.

A motor vehicle collision was to blame for a light standard being knocked down on Bison Drive at Barnes Street. Winnipeg police were on scene directing traffic shortly before 2 p.m.

The Manitoba Highways website reported several snow-packed or ice-covered highways around the city, including the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg. Visibility was also reduced by blowing and swirling snow in traffic.

Both city and provincial crews had sanding trucks out to maintain traction throughout the day.

The system that brought the wintry blast of weather has moved eastward into Ontario. Environment Canada is calling for a mix of sun and cloud on Sunday with a high of -14°C for Winnipeg.

— Staff

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