Winnipeg Wakes Up to Winter-Like Conditions

Snow falls in Winnipeg early Sunday, November 17, 2013 as seen from St. Boniface and the Esplanade Riel bridge. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)
The St. Boniface Cathedral on Sunday morning after a light snowfall. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg awoke to a white-covered ground as the first real snowfall of the season made its mark on Sunday.

About four centimetres of snow fell on Winnipeg beginning in the early morning hours. Being November 17, we were kind of expecting it to arrive at some point, having dodged most of the seasonal weather for the last several weeks.

Winnipeg police and RCMP urged motorists to reduce their speeds and drive with caution, as roadways were particularly slick before sanding crews could make their rounds.

The Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg from Headingley to Portage la Prairie was closed due to winter weather conditions from about 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. RCMP also issued an advisory for ice covered and reduced visibility on the Perimeter Highway and Highway 1.

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Back in the city, crews began salting Priority 1 (P1) streets, which includes all regional streets, and sanding Priority 2 (P2) which includes non-regional bus routes and collector streets. Plows will be out later in the day focusing on sidewalks on regional streets.

Environment Canada says the city should see a bit more precipitation today, which should taper off by the afternoon when we hit a high of -3°C.

Updated at 3 p.m.