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Blizzard Warning, Highway Closures in Southern Manitoba

February 7, 2016 2:41 PM | News

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Blowing snow will make for poor driving visibility in and around Winnipeg today as a blizzard warning is in effect. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Time to hunker down, Winnipeg.

A blizzard warning remains in effect for Winnipeg on Sunday, making it a perfect day to cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie. Or the Super Bowl, of course.

Environment Canada says northwesterly winds will gust from 60 to 80 km/h. Visibilities will be reduced to near zero in some areas combined with snow.

“Winds will strengthen this morning in the western Red River Valley and near noon in the eastern Red River Valley,” the warning reads.

“Temperatures will fall throughout the day, creating prime blizzard conditions. Winds will begin to diminish late this afternoon to early this evening across the Red River Valley, improving visibilities.”

Blizzard warnings are issued when widespread reduced visibilities of 400 metres or less are expected for at least 4 hours.

Before the blizzard warning was issued, a blowing snow advisory was in effect for late Saturday.

UPDATE: As of 10 a.m., Highway 1 west from Headingley to Portage la Prairie was closed, along with Highway 75 south to the U.S. border.

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