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Wintry conditions persist across the Prairies


Frigid conditions continue for the Prairies this weekend.
Frigid conditions continue for the Prairies this weekend.

Jill Colton, staff writer

January 15, 2011 — It's another weekend of snow and cold temperatures across the Prairies.

Roads have been treacherous across the Prairies.
Roads have been treacherous across the Prairies.

Winter is in full swing across the Prairies.

A clipper swept through Alberta on Friday resulting in snowy and windy conditions. Places such as Banff and Jasper have seen a considerable amount of snow in relation to this system. A moderate amount of snow also fell across a number of cities including Red Deer, Alberta (9 cm), and Brandon, Manitoba (10 cm).

In addition to the snow, it's also been bitterly cold. All across the Prairies temperatures have been hovering in the -20's.

The mixture of snow, cold roads and strong winds seriously hampered driving conditions. The Trans-Canada Highway was shut down between Lake Louise, Alberta and Golden, B.C. due to poor visibility, heavy snow and a high risk of avalanche. The highway remains closed and officials say they doubt the 80 km section of road will reopen before Sunday morning.

Meanwhile in Saskatchewan, there have been plenty of fender benders because of the snowy and icy roads. Police say that conditions made it difficult to motorists to brake. On Friday morning, there were 23 motor vehicle accidents according to police. Highways Ministry said the swirling and drifting snow caused problems for drivers.

Bitterly cold temperatures will continue.
Bitterly cold temperatures will continue.

In Manitoba, poor visibility and ice are being blamed for a crash that left Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald with scrapes and bruises. The accident occurred on the Trans-Canada, 100-km west of Winnipeg.

“The light snow is expected to continue over the next two days. The reason being, the moisture from the storms hitting B.C. will continue to sweep over the Prairies,” explains Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

For a closer look at the road conditions in your area, be sure to head to the Highway Conditions map. You can also receive updates to your cell phone, which could help keep you prepared through the stormy weather.

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