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Manitoba digs out from winter-like storm


The storm system also delivered snow to Saskatchewan and Alberta (courtesy: Shelly Filz)
The storm system also delivered snow to Saskatchewan and Alberta (courtesy: Shelly Filz)

The Canadian Press

November 11, 2012 — The Trans-Canada Highway was shut down for close to 12 hours due to Manitoba's recent snowstorm.

The storm brought more than 20 cm to some places
The storm brought more than 20 cm to some places

Snowblowers are roaring in driveways and on sidewalks across southern Manitoba after a storm dumped over 20 centimetres in some areas and closed the Trans-Canada Highway for close to 12 hours.

RCMP closed the highway late Saturday evening between Headingley, which is just west of Winnipeg, and Brandon, about 150 kilometres away.

It didn't reopen again until late Sunday morning.

RCMP in Headingley say conditions were extremely slippery, but no vehicles had to be abandoned overnight on the highway and there were no serious accidents to report.

The weekend snowfall in Manitoba followed days of wintry blasts that originated in Alberta
The weekend snowfall in Manitoba followed days of wintry blasts that originated in Alberta

Police in Winnipeg also sent out an advisory Saturday night that people shouldn't drive, warning that visibility at times was down to zero.

Environment Canada says the storm system, which has also delivered heavy snowfalls in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, developed over the American Rockies.

Cori Prosser, a desk clerk at the Motel 6 in Headingley, said the hotel put up a lot of guests who needed accommodations. She also said there were also a lot of cancellations on Sunday from people who were delayed elsewhere because of the weather.

In Winnipeg, city crews worked to clear "Military Fields of Honour" sites at cemeteries for Remembrance Day. The city said in a news release that its crews would be sanding and salting streets around the clock to improve traction.

The weekend snowfall in Manitoba followed days of wintry blasts which began on Wednesday in Edmonton.

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