Icy Roads, Crashes Dominate as Winnipeg Gets First Blast of Winter-Like Weather

Icy Roads, Crashes Dominate as Winnipeg Gets First Blast of Winter-Like Weather

Tim Sale Drive in south Winnipeg early Thursday, November 19, 2015. (CHRISD.CA)

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.

For the latest road and weather conditions, visit Manitoba511.ca and The Weather Network.


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