BREAKING: Manitoba highways close amidst blizzard


A potent winter storm is underway across Southern Manitoba, with blizzard warnings issued for parts of the province. Manitoba 511 reports the following highway closures:

  • The Yellowhead Highway from Minnedosa to SK border

  • Highway 83

  • Highway 45

  • Highway 5

  • and more (see below)

Below are some screenshots of road cameras across Westman:

Shoal Lake Hwy 16

Minnedosa Hwy 10

Russell - Assiniboine Valley Hwy 16 Russell West

Blizzard warnings remain in effect across Manitoba:


Warnings

3:19 PM CST Tuesday 22 December 2020 Blizzard warning in effect for:

  • Mun. of Rhineland incl. Altona Plum Coulee and Gretna

  • R.M. of Montcalm incl. St. Jean Baptiste

  • R.M. of Morris incl. Rosenort and Aubigny

  • R.M. of Roland incl. Jordan and Myrtle

  • R.M. of Stanley incl. Winkler and Morden

  • R.M. of Thompson incl. Miami Rosebank and Deerwood

  • R.M. of Cartier incl. Elie St. Eustache and Springstein

  • R.M. of Dufferin incl. Carman Roseisle and Homewood

  • R.M. of Grey incl. St. Claude Elm Creek and Fannystelle

  • R.M. of Headingley

  • R.M. of Macdonald incl. Brunkild Starbuck and La Salle

  • R.M. of Portage la Prairie incl. St. Ambroise

  • R.M. of St. François Xavier

  • Mun. of Emerson-Franklin incl. Roseau River

  • R.M. of De Salaberry incl. St-Pierre-Jolys and St. Malo

  • R.M. of Hanover incl. Steinbach Niverville and Grunthal

  • R.M. of La Broquerie incl. Marchand

  • R.M. of Ritchot incl. St. Adolphe and Ste. Agathe

  • R.M. of Ste. Anne incl. Richer

  • R.M. of Stuartburn incl. Zhoda Vita and Sundown

  • R.M. of Tache incl. Lorette Ste-Geneviève and Landmark

Blizzard conditions expected to develop in some locations tonight then improve Wednesday. A strong low pressure system will track along the International border bringing snow most of southern Manitoba tonight and into Wednesday. For the much of the Red River Valley snowfall totals of 5 to 10 cm should be expected by Wednesday morning. More significantly, strong northerly winds with gusts to 80 km/h, will develop after midnight creating blizzard conditions which will last through Wednesday morning and likely into the afternoon. Some blowing snow will occur throughout the Red River Valley. In the Portage La Prairie region, the blizzard conditions will occur mainly in the western sections. Likewise, in the Steinbach region, the blizzard conditions will mostly occur southwest of the city of Steinbach. Some blowing snow will persist in open areas into Wednesday night.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. If you do travel and become lost, remain where you are until the blizzard has passed. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to MBstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #MBStorm.



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