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Several highways closed in southwestern Manitoba as winds gust to 70 km/h

City crews on Portage Avenue Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.
City crews on Portage Avenue Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Elisha Dacey/Global News

Southeast Manitoba was under a blowing snow advisory Sunday as Saturday’s light snow overnight gusted through the air at up to 70 km/h.

The province closed Highway 75 from Winnipeg to the US border due to poor visibility, and other highways such as highways 59, 15, 6, 5, 26 and the Trans Canada were reported to be bare with blowing snow and poor visibility.

Other highways into Winnipeg were reported the same with fair visibility.

Later in the morning, the province also closed Hwy. 100 to Morden, and Hwy. 13 from Carman to Elm Creek, but opened them again about an hour later.

At noon, Hwy. 1 was closed between Headingley and Portage la Prairie, but re-opened just after 3 p.m.

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“Blowing snow driven by northerly winds gusting to 70 km/h developed overnight as a cold front blasted through the Red River Valley and southeast Manitoba,” said Environment and Climate Change Canada.

“While visibility won’t be affected greatly inside built-up areas, poor to at times near-zero visibility can be expected in the open countryside through much of the day Sunday.

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“Conditions will improve late Sunday as winds diminish.”

Temperatures will fall to about -21C Sunday with wind chills at -29 for the morning and -36 in the afternoon.

Winnipeg crews are on the streets to clean up drifting snow.

Travel is not recommended on the highways if it can be avoided.

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