Spring snowstorm blows through southern Manitoba for 2nd straight day

The seemingly endless winter in Manitoba has led to more weather alerts and more school closures.

Most of southern Manitoba is under snowfall or winter storm warnings.

The winter storm warning covers a large area between Lake Manitoba and the Saskatchewan border and south of Duck Mountain Provincial Park.

The area was hit with a Colorado low on Wednesday and now a further 15-25 centimetres of snow is possible through Thursday.

Environment Canada map of southern Manitoba shows a large swath coloured in red. The colour indicates areas under snowfall or winter storm warnings.
Areas in red are under snowfall or winter storm warnings. (Environment Canada)

The heaviest accumulations will be focused along the the western escarpment and Riding Mountain region, according to Environment Canada’s alert, which also says winds may produce blowing snow at times and reduce visibility.

Conditions are expected to begin improving Thursday night.

All other regions under a weather alert are subject to the snowfall warning. That includes a swath from just north of Brandon down to the U.S. border and eastward to the Ontario border.

The snow in those areas is anticipated to continue through the day and into the night before tapering off through the day on Friday.

About 10 cm is expected to fall, though some areas close to the western escarpment of the Red River Valley could see in excess of 20 cm, Environment Canada says.

The southern edge of the Interlake Region and the Duck Mountain area were also under the snowfall warning but it has since been lifted. 

Poor driving conditions led to classes being cancelled for Thursday in the following divisions:

  • Fort La Bosse School Division.
  • Rolling River School Division.
  • Park West School Division.

Alexander, O’Kelly and Spring Valley schools were closed in the Brandon School Division because buses were not running outside the city. Buses were operating within the city, but school attendance was at parental discretion where travel was required.

Bus service was also cancelled in the Beautiful Plains Division but schools were open.

The Trans-Canada Highway between Brandon and the Saskatchewan border was closed for a few hours Thursday morning but reopened around 9:30 a.m.

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