Freezing rain targets southwestern, central Manitoba as winter storm pummels north

Parts of central and southwestern Manitoba are under freezing rain warnings on Saturday, while much of northern Manitoba is under a winter storm warning, Environment Canada says.

At about 4 p.m., the agency issued freezing rain warnings for Saturday and Sunday, forecasting a powerful low-pressure system that could bring more than five millimetres of ice build-up due to freezing rain.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions,” the weather warning says.

The agency says people should be aware of branches or electrical wires that could break under the weight of ice. 

The freezing rain is expected to begin Saturday evening and persist through Sunday. The storm system will slowly move north on Sunday and taper off from west to east on Sunday night.

The freezing rain warning covers the following areas:

  • Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation.
  • Moose Creek Provincial Forest, Pine Dock and Matheson Island.
  • Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton, including Arborg Hnausa and Hecla.
  • Peguis First Nation and Fisher River Cree Nation. 
  • R.M. of Fisher including Poplarfield.
  • R.M. of Grahamdale, including Gypsumville, Moosehorn and Camper.
  • R.M. of West Interlake, including Eriksdale and Ashern.
  • Gilbert Plains Municipality, including Ashville.
  • Grandview Municipality, including Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation.
  • Mossey River Municipality, including Winnipegosis and Fork River.
  • Municipality of Ethelbert, including Garland.
  • Municipality of Roblin, including Makaroff, Shortdale and Bield.
  • Municipality of Russell-Binscarth, including Gambler First Nation.
  • R.M. of Dauphin, including Sifton and Valley River.
  • R.M. of Lakeshore, including Ochre River and Makinak.
  • R.M. of Lakeshore, including Rorketon and Toutes Aides.
  • R.M. of Riding Mountain West, including Asessippi Provincial Park.
  • Grand Rapids and Easterville.
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan.
  • Hamiota Municipality, including McConnell and Lavinia.
  • Municipality of Clanwilliam-Erickson.
  • Municipality of Harrison Park, including Onanole, Sandy Lake and Newdale.
  • Prairie View Municipality, including Birdtail Sioux First Nation.
  • R.M. of Minto-Odanah, including Minnedosa and Moore Park.
  • R.M. of Oakview, including Oak River and Rapid City.
  • R.M. of Rosedale, including Eden and Kelwood.
  • R.M. of Yellowhead, including Shoal Lake and Elphinstone.
  • R.M.of Ellice-Archie, including St-Lazare, McAuley and Manson.
  • Riding Mountain National Park.
  • Rossburn Municipality including Waywayseecappo First Nation.
  • Poplar River.
  • Municipality of Glenella-Lansdowne, including Arden and Tenby.
  • Municipality of McCreary, including Norgate.
  • Municipality of Ste. Rose, including Laurier.
  • Municipality of West Lake-Gladstone, including Plumas and Langruth.
  • R.M. of Alonsa, including Ebb and Flow First Natio and Sandy Bay First Nation.

In another development, a winter storm warning is in place across much of northern Manitoba, including Gillam and Thompson.

That’s affecting the following communities:

  • Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage and Grass River Provincial Park.
  • Snow Lake and Herb Lake Landing.
  • Gillam.
  • Island Lake
  • Oxford House and Gods Lake.
  • Red Sucker Lake.
  • Cross Lake and Jenpeg.
  • Highway 6 between Little Limestone Lake and Ponton.
  • Molson Lake and Bear Lake.
  • Norway House.
  • Wabowden.
  • Shamattawa.
  • Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Forest.
  • Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman, including Renwer.
  • Municipality of Swan Valley West, including Benito.
  • Pelican Rapids and Shoal River First Nations.
  • Porcupine Provincial Forest.
  • R.M. of Mountain,including Cowan and Camperville.
  • R.M. of Mountain, including Mafeking and Birch River.
  • Westgate, Red Deer Lake and Barrows.
  • North and South Moose Lake, including Mosakahiken Cree Nation.
  • The Pas, Cormorant, Westray and Wanless.
  • Nelson House.
  • South Indian Lake and Amisk Provincial Park.
  • Split Lake and York Landing.
  • Thompson, Thicket Portage and Pikwitonei.
  • York.

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