- According to Environment Canada, Winnipeg could receive 10 to 15 centimetres of snow on Friday.
A snowstorm is raging in Manitoba, forcing numerous roadways to close on Friday.
Throughout the night and early morning, Manitoba Roads tweeted about each road closure.
According to Environment Canada, Winnipeg could receive 10 to 15 centimetres of snow on Friday.
The city has said that it will start ploughing the back lanes on Friday at 7 a.m.
The actual issue is the wind, which is blowing at 64 kilometres per hour and is anticipated to reach 80 kilometres per hour.
The province’s forecast centre issued a strong wind effect warning for the south beaches of Lakes Winnipeg and Manitoba about 9 a.m. on Thursday.
“Forecast northerly winds gusting up to 70 km/h and wave action could elevate levels by 5 feet or more between midday Thursday and late evening Friday,” the forecast stated.
“Property owners should exercise prudence.”
Because the strong winds are causing sight concerns when driving, Manitoba Public Insurance advises individuals to take the following precautions:
- Before you get on the road, call 511 to verify the road and weather conditions.
- Travelling on overpasses and bridges should be done with caution. Because there is no ground insulation, the surfaces of these structures can swiftly freeze.
- Don’t be hasty. Allow for an extra five or ten minutes to arrive at your location securely.
- Look at where you’re heading. Maintaining clear windshields is critical at this time of year, so make sure your windshield washer fluid is full, and your windows are free of snow and ice.
- Give yourself more time to come to a halt. When roads are slippery, traction is diminished, and it takes longer to come to a complete stop. It’s not too late to get winter tyres if you don’t already have them.
- Make extra room. Never tailgate, and keep in mind that the following distance should be increased when travelling at high speeds or in poor visibility.
According to Environment Canada, the storm should be through by Saturday.
“Things will calm down quickly Friday morning, then we have another batch of warmer air pushing in Saturday, which might bring us a significant band of snow — but nowhere like as terrible as this one,” said an Environment Canada spokesperson.
Source: Global News
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