But they say closures are still possible throughout the day if highway conditions continue to deteriorate.
“The Manitoba RCMP continually assessed highway conditions overnight and continues to monitor this morning. Anticipated widespread highway closures across southern Manitoba were not required,” police said in a release sent around 8 a.m. Wednesday.
In a release Tuesday night RCMP had warned all major highways in Southern Manitoba would close at midnight or when it began to snow.
As of 8 a.m. Highway 75 from Morris to the border and Highway 1 from Elie to Austin are officially closed, police said.
For an updated list of road conditions and closures, visit manitoba511.ca.
Police urge caution if travel is necessary and reminds drivers to stay off closed highways.
RCMP also note that if you do decide to travel, first responders may not be able to get to you if you’re stranded or need assistance.
“We’re trying to avoid at 1 a.m. getting calls of stranded motorists,” RCMP Cpl Julie Courchaine said.
“We know those highways get really bad in the winter and they are going to be closed and the reason they are closed is because it’s not safe.”
Trying to get first responders out there to anyone who needs assistance is going to be troublesome.”
During a storm earlier this winter, dozens of drivers were stranded on the Perimeter Highway and Courchaine doesn’t want a repeat.
“The safety of everyone is compromised at that point,” she said.
A CAA spokesperson tells Global News they are not allowed to drive on closed roads to rescue stranded vehicles or people.
–With files from Shane Gibson