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Eastern Prairies remain in winter's grip

Winter warnings are dropping, but plenty of snow remains
Winter warnings are dropping, but plenty of snow remains

Staff writers

March 18, 2013 — Winter weather warnings dropped in Saskatchewan early Monday, but were still widespread across Manitoba as the system moved east on Monday.

Winter is hanging on in the Prairies (courtesy: Ora Walker)
Winter is hanging on in the Prairies (courtesy: Ora Walker)

There's only three days until the start of spring, but parts of Manitoba have been dealing with blizzard-like conditions.

Environment Canada issued several snowfall and blizzard warnings for the province on Monday, including one for the city of Winnipeg.

All warnings were dropped by Monday evening.

This latest round of wintry weather is expected to bring anywhere from 10 to 25 centimetres of snow, while the Riding Mountain region may be hit by as much as 40 centimetres by the time all is said and done.

Driving conditions in many places are considered poor because of snow, blowing snow and ice and that's resulted in several school and bus route cancellations across the province.

This is the latest in a round of storms that have dumped 153 cm of snow on Winnipeg since the start of the year, above the 111 cm winter average for the city and almost double 2012's relatively low total of 81 cm.

Snowfall forecast through Tuesday
Snowfall forecast through Tuesday

Heavy snow has also been falling in southeastern Saskatchewan, which was under a series of winter weather warnings until early Monday morning, including one for the capital, Regina. While those dropped in the early morning hours, many of the province's highways saw dangerous conditions throughout the day, and a handful of sections near the U.S. border were closed.

The low that brought the snow is moving into northwestern Ontario. It will eventually combine with another low affecting the south of the province, bringing heavy snow to eastern Ontario and Quebec.

On Thursday, the first of two clippers made their way into the Prairies, bringing snow and strong winds to communities in the Edmonton area.

Dozens of accidents were reported as strong winds and blowing snow created dangerous conditions.

Edmonton initiated a city-wide parking ban on streets to make way for snow plows. Despite the restriction, numerous cars clogged roadways, prompting officials to issue 1485 tickets and tow 85 vehicles.

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