Winnipeg is waking up to blustery winter-like weather, icy roads and reduced visibility.
Snow and local blowing snow will continue through much of the day, bringing with it about 5 cm when it’s all said and done. Temperatures will drop to around -8°C by this afternoon as northwest winds gust from 50 km/h to 70.
The precipitation began late Wednesday in the form of rain, quickly turning to snow and creating icy road conditions. A 17-vehicle crash on westbound Bishop Grandin at Pembina Highway slowed traffic for several hours as crews worked to clear the scene at around 9:30 p.m.
Elsewhere, Highway 1 West was closed at Portage la Prairie due to a crash, while another closure on Highway 1 near MacGregor was due to a semi jackknifing. Both crashes happened at around 10 p.m. Wednesday and the roadways opened again by around midnight.
As of 5:25 a.m. today, Highway 1 eastbound at West Hawk Lake is also closed due to a crash.
Elsewhere outside the city, the Turtle Mountain School Division cancelled all buses and classes.