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Autumn snow causes power outages in southern Manitoba

A snowy scene in Arborg (courtesy: Brandi Dueck)
A snowy scene in Arborg (courtesy: Brandi Dueck)

Staff writers

October 5, 2012 — Up to 30 cm of snow has accumulated in some parts of Manitoba, prompting widespread power outages.

From stubborn wildfires to a wintry wallop, southern Manitoba has seen its share of wild weather lately.

On Thursday, Environment Canada issued winter storm warnings for the region.

The snow has since tapered off -- but its impact may be felt for some time.

"A lot of trees still have their leaves on them," says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, "and that helped snow accumulate, leading to broken branches."

Heavy, wet snow clung to power lines, leaving as many as 4,600 people in the dark in the Piney, Vita, St. Pierre areas and throughout the Whiteshell, Pointe du Bois, Bird Lake, Falcon Lake, Hadashville and West Hawk Lake regions.

Crews are said to be "scrambling" to replace more than 125 hydro poles and restore power to customers.

RCMP has advised against travel in the Steinbach area, citing snow-covered roads and limited visibility. Near Prawda, there have been reports of vehicles stuck in ditches.

With files from the Canadian Press

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