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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Manitoba prepares for the impending blizzard

Manitoba prepares themselves for the upcoming blizzard

Key Takeaways:

  • The government is prepared to deal with a blizzard that is predicted to reach southern Manitoba, according to emergency preparedness officials.
  • Power outages are possible during the storm, according to Manitoba Hydro spokesperson Bruce Owen, but he doesn’t know when or where they’ll happen.
  • The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has warned that home care services may be interrupted in the coming days due to a predicted blizzard.

According to emergency preparedness officials, the government is prepared to deal with a blizzard that is expected to hit southern Manitoba.

According to Environment Canada, a huge storm expected to reach areas of Southern Manitoba Tuesday evening can be the worst snowstorm in decades.

Environment and  Climate Change Canada has warned that a snowy and windy week is on the way.

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In an interview with CTV News, Meteorologist Sara Hoffman remarked, “I know folks in Winnipeg are resilient as well as tough and used to bad weather, but this is a system that we don’t often see.” “We refer to it as a once in a 30-year occurrence.”

According to Hoffman, this week’s snowstorm puts April on track to have snowfall amounts equal to 1997.

According to the weather service, travel will become progressively difficult during the day on Wednesday, which advises people not to travel and to expect power interruptions.

According to Manitoba Hydro spokesperson Bruce Owen, power disruptions are possible during the snow, but he doesn’t know when or where they would occur.

“We’re really worried about,” Owen told CTV News, “is if we have very, really heavy, moist snow clinging to lines in wide-open spaces.” “That is going to be an issue for us.”

Johanu Botha, the director of Manitoba’s Emergency Management Organization, said the province has been working closely with Manitoba Hydro to prepare for an occurrence like this.

He explained, “We always hope for the best, but we plan for the worse.”

“We are well aware that we will need to prioritize their resources to ensure that towns and communities can function in the event of a power loss.”

Manitoba prepares themselves for the upcoming blizzard
Manitoba prepares themselves for the upcoming blizzard. Image from iHeartRadio

In terms of emergency and crucial services, Botha stated that the province has plans to ensure that those services remain operational despite the storm.

“These services may be affected, but we’ve done everything to keep the impact to a minimum.”

Due to an anticipated blizzard, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has warned that home care services may be impacted in the coming days.

According to Fisaha Unduche, executive director of hydrologic forecasting and water management for the province, the projection may prevent catastrophic flooding.

The temperature is predicted to stay below zero for the rest of the week, allowing for a slow and steady melt.

“We realize this is a big snowstorm, but we’ve been through many big snowstorms before. As Manitobans, we’ve dealt with far (more) severe storms than this one, “Unduche remarked.

“In terms of flooding, Manitoba rivers have the capacity, and our flood defenses are well-equipped to handle any volume that this snowmelt may produce.”

When the snow began to fall, Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwnuik said employees would be on the ground within 4 hours to ensure important arteries were ploughed. He stressed the need for Manitobans to be safe and cautious on the highways.

“When the RCMP says the highways are closed, if people can keep off the highways because it will be dangerous because of the blowing snow and winds and the water in the ditches.”

Source: CTV News

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