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Highways closed as storm hits Winnipeg, southern Manitoba

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THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

A winter storm warning is now in effect for Winnipeg and much of southern Manitoba.

Environment Canada upgraded its Special Weather Statement to the storm warning Sunday afternoon.

A number of highway closures were in effect Sunday night as a result, including:

  • Highway 3, from Highway 14 to Carman and Thornhill to Clearwater.
  • Highway 13, from Carman to Elm Creek.
  • Highway 16, from the Saskatchewan Border to Newdale.
  • Highway 21, from Shoal Lake to Oakburn.
  • Highway 23, from Miami to Roland and from Highway 342 to Deerwood.
  • Highway 31, from Highway 3 to the US Border.
  • Highway 34 from Highway 245 to the US Border.
  • Highway 45, from Oakburn to Elphinstone.
  • Highway 242, from US Border to Somerset.
  • Highway 244, from Manitou to Notre Dame.
  • Highway 245, from Carman to highway 245.
  • Highway 264, from Highway 83 to Highway 16.
  • Highway 428, from Winkler to Roland.
  • Highway 432, from Morden to Highway 23.

These closures are due to poor winter driving conditions. Closure gates and variable message signs may not be present at the closure locations.

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A snowfall warning is also in place for the Dauphin, Brandon and Virdin regions.

A powerful storm approached from the southwest, and made its way into our province on Sunday.

Environment Canada says that storm could dump up to 30 centimetres of snow in parts of Western Manitoba, and up to 15 in Winnipeg.

That prompted the City to reinstate its winter parking ban as of midnight Monday.

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The ban prohibits parking on designated snow routes between midnight and 7 a.m., and is in place until any snow clearing is completed.

The city and the province are also encouraging people to remember their winter driving skills, as roads are expected to be messy.

Anyone ticketed during the parking ban can expect to pay $50 – or $100 if the fine is paid after the two week grace period – and may be liable to have their car towed.

 

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