The winter storm causing disruptions in southern Manitoba is expected to continue throughout the day, according to Environment Canada.
Poor visibility in snow and blowing snow is causing problems in some locations. Several highways were closed overnight, but as of 6:20 a.m. all highways are open once again. However, most highways are at least partly snow and ice-covered.
Environment Canada has now issued a blowing snow advisory for some areas.
Areas south and west of Winnipeg, along the Manitoba Escarpment, and especially approaching the international border are particularly affected by the poor visibility and snow. The gusty winds and poor visibility may be intermittent at times but are expected to remain an issue into early Friday afternoon.
Highways pose challenges
Motorists are urged to exercise caution when driving in these conditions, as visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero. Officials are urging people to postpone non-essential travel until conditions improve, as the blowing snow and poor visibility may make driving difficult.
Highways throughout southern Manitoba that are open are partly or fully covered with ice and snow. Loyal listener, Rob the Truck Driver, says that the North Perimeter and Highway 59 north of Winnipeg are both extremely icy. He says a jackknifed semi is partially in the ditch and on the shoulder near the Route 90 exit.
Conditions are expected to improve later on Friday afternoon or evening, as the winds diminish. Until then, officials are urging people to be prepared to adjust their driving with the changing road conditions.
You can find the latest highway conditions on the Road Reports & Cancellations page, linked below.
Current watches and warnings
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