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A blast of winter hits Manitoba

Snow blankets Swan River, Manitoba
Snow blankets Swan River, Manitoba

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

November 11, 2010 — After dumping heavy amounts of snow in Saskatchewan, a system in the Prairies blasted Manitoba with freezing rain and snow.

Snowy backyard in Zenon Park, Saskatchewan
Snowy backyard in Zenon Park, Saskatchewan

A system that brought close to 20 cm of snow to parts of Saskatchewan earlier this week moved into Manitoba on Thursday.

Northern parts of the province have been dealing with freezing rain and heavy snow. About 15 to 20 cm fell in places like Gillam and Thompson.

While areas in northern Manitoba have been bearing the brunt of the storm, snow has been accumulating in places like Brandon and Winnipeg as well.

On Wednesday, around 18 cm of snow fell in Regina and other parts of southern Saskatchewan. Up to 20 cm was possible in places like Yorkton and Estevan by the time all was said and done.

Snow blankets Regina, Saskatchewan
Snow blankets Regina, Saskatchewan

On Tuesday, snow caused problems in the southwestern part of the province, particularly around Swift Current and Saskatoon. Fog patches were also reported, leading to poor visibility.

By Wednesday, police were warning drivers to stay off highways completely. Highway 39, from Weyburn to Yellow Grass was closed during the afternoon hours after at least one crash. Ice build-up and blowing snow was also reported on Highway 6 and the Trans-Canada Highway.

Road crews in Regina have been out with graders, sanders and plows to try and help improve the conditions.

Be sure to check your local forecast for updates on the snow. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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