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Winnipeg Digging Out from a White Christmas

December 26, 2009 7:09 AM | News

As you head out to those Boxing Day deals this morning, drive carefully.

Christmas Day in Winnipeg was the perfect day to stay inside and open up gifts, as much of southern Manitoba was blanketed with fresh snow. The flurries began Thursday and increased Friday, bringing with it howling winds and icy road conditions. Those who were ‘dreaming of a white Christmas,’ surely got their wish, as Winnipeggers brought out the shovels and snowblowers to dig out from the first real snowfall of the season.

Travel on almost all provincial highways was treacherous, especially south of the city. Highway 75 to the U.S. border was down to one lane in various places, and visibility was extremely reduced. Near Pembina, ND, U.S. border officials were turning away Canadians looking to cross over, as highway patrols closed I-29.

The snow will continue today, as we could reach up to a total of 20 centimetres of the white stuff before the day is over — including what we received on Friday.

If you need to venture out onto the highway, check the road conditions before doing so and drive with caution.

Today’s high is -6°C with periods of light snow.

Image credit: Tom Brodbeck/TheWeatherNetwork.com