Several Manitoba highways closed as result of winter storm
Published Thursday, January 10, 2013 3:39PM CST
Last Updated Friday, January 11, 2013 10:01PM CST
A few major highways have been closed as a winter storm moves through Manitoba.
A stretch of the TransCanada Highway is closed from Virden to Headingley. OPP reports poor driving conditions on Highway 1 near Kenora as well.
In Western Manitoba, the Yellowhead Highway is closed from Minnedosa to the junction of Highway 1. Highway 5 is closed from Neepawa to Ste. Rose du Lac.
White-out conditions are reported on most highways through Southern Manitoba and many vehicles have ended up in the ditch.
A blizzard warning remains in effect for the Red River Valley Friday night.
Other parts of southern and central Manitoba also had winter storm warnings and blizzard warnings in effect Friday morning.
“The combination of a cold front invading from the north and a Colorado low passing through Minnesota will bring a wintry mix of heavy snow, freezing precipitation, strong northeast winds and low visibilities in blowing snow to much of Southern Manitoba Friday, Friday night and Saturday,” said officials with Environment Canada.
Blizzard warnings are issued when visibility is expected to be at 400 metres or less for four or more hours due to snow or blowing snow, alongside winds of at least 40 km/h, according to Environment Canada.
More information on the developing weather alerts is available from Environment Canada.
A roadblock on Highway 1 in Headingley, Manitoba, at the closure of the TransCanada Highway, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. (CTV Winnipeg / Scott Sinclair)
A City of Winnipeg snow plow is show in this file image.