Blizzard Closes Manitoba Highways

Blizzard Closes Highways

WINNIPEG - A number of highways are closed as the following blizzard warning issued by Environment Canada Monday afternoon remains in effect Tuesday morning for Winnipeg and almost all of southern Manitoba:

Blizzard conditions continue over southern Manitoba.

A strong Alberta clipper is bringing snow and strong northwest winds gusting to 70-90 km/h to southern Manitoba early this morning. The falling snow and strong winds will combine to reduce the visibilities to near-zero in blowing snow.

Conditions will improve throughout Tuesday morning from west to east as the winds diminish.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Protect yourself from wind, cold and disorientation by staying sheltered, indoors or with your vehicle. If you become stranded in a vehicle do not leave. The vehicle offers a form of protection from the cold. A single person walking through the snow is harder to find than a stranded car or truck.

Blizzard warnings are issued when widespread reduced visibilities of 400 metres or less are expected for at least 4 hours.

TOPICS:   Winnipeg Weather

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