WINNIPEG - Environment Canada says a low-pressure system that brought wind reaching as high as 100 km/h and at least 30 cm of snow to parts of Manitoba will gradually calm down as it continues east today.
Multiple highways remain closed, and the province is issuing warnings about ice cover and low visibility from blowing snow for others, as wind around the Winnipeg area continues to gust up to 70 km/h, and up to 90 km/h elsewhere. Motorists are encouraged to check the conditions map, the Manitoba 511 Twitter feed, or dial 511 before heading out. Winter storm warnings remain in place for Grand Rapids, Island Lake, Norway House, and Poplar River regions.
Wind is expected to die down to 30 gusting to 50 at some point this afternoon in the Winnipeg area, but the province says as driving conditions remain dangerous in some areas, those with appointments today, such as to receive a COVID-19 shot, should reschedule if local road and weather conditions dictate it is not safe to travel. Individuals can reschedule online here, or by calling 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222).
A blowing snow weather advisory for the City of Winnipeg ended this morning, but winds as high as 70 km/h could continue for parts of the province until this evening, and, while the temperature will hover around -9, wind chill will make that feel like -23.
Merv may have been right about an early spring, but the groundhog said nothing about hours-long summer and fall before the return of winter.