Blizzard Warning Prompts School Closures

A pickup truck travels in blistery conditions in Winnipeg on Saturday, November 24, 2012. (CHRISD.CA)

A handful of schools in rural Manitoba aren’t taking the chance by opening today as a pending blizzard is anticipated to start showing its effects Friday afternoon.

School has been cancelled in the Red River Valley, Borderland, Hanover, Seine River, Interlake, Pine Creek, Lord Selkirk, Evergreen, Prairie Rose, Lakeshore and Sunrise School Divisions. Classes are also cancelled at Sagkeeng Education School Division, Ginew School in Rouseau River and Sergeant Tommy Prince School in Brokenhead.

St. Adolphe Child Care is closed, along with Stonewall Children’s Centre. Classes have also been cancelled at Providence University College and Seminary.

The closures come as many highways are ice-covered and slippery as freezing rain continues to fall.

Environment Canada is calling for 10-15 cm of snow to fall beginning tonight and into Saturday. Temperatures should drop along with the precipitation with an overnight low of -17°C, which will feel like -30°C when you factor in the wind.

The province said on Thursday its highway crews were ready to tackle the conditions, and warned drivers to be vigilant when passing graders and plows.