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Blowing snow causing minimal, zero visibility on Manitoba roads

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WATCH: Blowing snow on Perimeter Highway causing poor driving conditions.

WINNIPEG — Blowing snow and high winds made for treacherous driving conditions across southern Manitoba Thursday morning.

While snow didn’t actually fall from the sky, it was blowing from every direction from drifts, making it difficult to drive on the highways, or even see a vehicle ahead of you.

READ MORE: Extreme cold and blizzard warnings for many parts of Manitoba, including Winnipeg

Just after 10 a.m. there was minimal to zero visibility along Highway 8 and McPhillips Street. Winnipeg police said the west Perimeter Highway heading northbound was closed at McGillivray Boulevard due to whiteout conditions.

There were several crash and car piles up due to the poor conditions.

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The city and RCMP officers are warning Manitobans to drive to the weather conditions and to stay off the roads unless it is necessary.

For a full list of highway and school closures, click here.

Corporal Jason Schalla with the Headingley RCMP said many drivers did not prepare for the adverse road conditions before heading out.

“A lot of people weren’t prepared for the weather. They had running shoes on, empty tanks of fuel,” said Corporal Schalla.

Schalla also gave some advice to drivers heading out on to the roads around Manitoba Thursday or any day really.

He advised drivers to have their headlights on during blizzard and storm conditions and even suggested using your hazard lights.

Highway 1 from Winnipeg to Highway 34 near Austin, Man., is closed due to poor visibility.
Highway 1 from Winnipeg to Highway 34 near Austin, Man., is closed due to poor visibility. Global News
Vehicles backed up near the Perimeter Highway.
Vehicles backed up near the Perimeter Highway.
Zero visibility near the Assiniboia Downs.
Zero visibility near the Assiniboia Downs.
Blowing snow means it's hard to tell where the road ends and the ditch begins in some areas.
Blowing snow means it's hard to tell where the road ends and the ditch begins in some areas.