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UPDATE: Blizzard warning and blowing snow forcing Manitoba highway closures

Strong winds caused multiple highway closures around Winnipeg.  .
Strong winds caused multiple highway closures around Winnipeg. . Sean Leslie/Global News

WINNIPEG — Windy conditions and light snow has caused several highway closures around Winnipeg.

The following roads are currently closed in the region as of 5 P.M. :

  • Highway 1 west to Portage La Prairie
  • Highway 2 from Starbuck to Elm Creek
  • Highway 75 south from Winnipeg to the U.S. border
Strong winds caused multiple highway closures around Winnipeg.
Strong winds caused multiple highway closures around Winnipeg. Sean Leslie / Global News

A number of other roads surrounding the city of Winnipeg, including Highway 6, 8, 9 are also being reported as snow-covered or partly-covered on the province’s highway condition website.

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Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. RCMP had received reports of 22 collisions.

Strong winds caused multiple highway closures around Winnipeg.
Strong winds caused multiple highway closures around Winnipeg. Sean Leslie/Global News

Environment Canada now has a blowing snow advisory in effect for the city. The worst is expected in the earlier afternoon, with 2 to 4 cm of snow, while winds will reach 40 km/hr or more.

Blizzard conditions have already been reported from Lake Manitoba to Emerson with visibility of 400 metres or less due to blowing snow.