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Poor Visibility, Blowing Snow Remnants of Winnipeg Storm

December 7, 2016 11:24 AM | News


Driving visibility, as shown here on Tuesday, won’t be much better today with a blowing snow advisory in effect for southern Manitoba. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — A storm that blasted Winnipeg and southern Manitoba on Tuesday isn’t done with us just yet. A blowing snow advisory remains in effect for much of the southern portion of the province, reducing visibility mixed with lighter snowfall.

Another 2-4 cm of snow is expected to fall today, paired with winds gusting to 60 km/h.

“The wind and snow will ease tonight. Bitterly cold arctic air sweeps in behind this system, with lows below -20°C expected by the end of the week accompanied by wind chill values in the -30 to -35 range,” according to Environment Canada.

Visibility could be reduced to 800 metres or less for at least three hours.

Declared snow route parking ban

The City of Winnipeg has declared a snow route parking ban at midnight tonight.

The ban extends the annual snow route parking Ban by two hours, prohibiting parking on any designated snow route between midnight and 7 a.m.

Due to heavy amounts of snow, city crews are continuing to salt, sand and plow main routes, bus routes and collector streets today and tonight using motor graders. Sidewalks on main routes and active transportation paths adjacent to main routes are also being cleared until completed. Clearing of snow from back lanes began this morning at 7 a.m. and will continue until completed.

Delayed City of Winnipeg services

  • Due to weather conditions, Winnipeg Transit is experiencing delays and passengers should allow for extra travel time.
  • Handi-Transit clients are being asked to cancel any non-essential trips planned for today by calling (204) 986-5711. Clients should stay on the line if they need to speak to an agent.
  • Recycling and garbage collection is expected to be delayed due to accumulations of snow.
    If today is your collection day, you’re asked to leave your carts out until they’re collected.
  • The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service says adverse weather conditions affect travel times for all vehicles on the road, including emergency vehicles. WFPS is currently experiencing longer response times. Two extra ambulances have been put into service as of 7 a.m.

Highway closures

As of 7:30 a.m. the following highways remained closed due to poor winter driving conditions. For updated closures, visit Manitoba511.ca or follow @MBGovRoads on Twitter.

  • Highway 1, from the Saskatchewan border to Portage la Prairie
  • Highway 2, from Souris to Highway 18
  • Highway 2, from Highway 100 to Elm Creek
  • Highway 3, from Highway 100 to Morden
  • Highway 3, from Highway 21 to Cartwright
  • Highway 5, from the US Border to Highway 1
  • Highway 10, from the US Border to Highway 1
  • Highway 10, in Riding Mountain National Park
  • Highway 13, from Highway 1 to Carman
  • Highway 14, from Highway 75 to Highway 3
  • Highway 21, from the US Border to Highway 1
  • Highway 23, from Highway 21 to Highway 59
  • Highway 75, from Highway 100 to the US border

Red River College rural campus closures

Due to ongoing inclement weather conditions, Red River College has closed the following campuses for Wednesday: Interlake, Peguis-Fisher River, Winkler and Portage la Prairie. All other campuses currently remain open with regular scheduled classes. Students are advised to check RRC’s website throughout the day for updates.

WATCH: Tuesday’s commute in Winnipeg

Updated at 11:24 a.m.