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Winnipeg tackles major city-wide snow clearing Friday

Snowy streets in Winnipeg Friday morning. Rudi Pawlychyn / Global News

The plows hit Winnipeg streets Friday morning as part of what the city is calling a major city-wide snow clearing operation, after a dumping of the white stuff Thursday night.

The snow combined with strong winds closed several highways overnight and made some city streets treacherous.

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Although amounts varied across the city, Scott Kehler with Weatherlogics told Global News the storm dumped about 14 cm of snow over Winnipeg.

The city said crews will be plowing all streets, sidewalks, active transportation pathways and back lanes, but as always, it’s based on the city’s priority system, which means they’re starting with Priority 1 roads, major routes and their adjacent sidewalks and active transportation paths.

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Priority 2 roads, bus routes and collector streets, will follow.

And with below-zero temperatures in the forecast, Kehler says the snow likely is here to stay.

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According to Environment Canada Winnipeg can expect daytime temperatures between -5C and -9C over the next week — but there was no more snow in the forecast as of late in the day Friday.

–With files from Global’s Rosanna Hempel

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There are currently no winter parking bans in effect in the city.

Winnipeggers can check up on the status of snow-clearing operations by accessing the city’s snow clearing status map online, where you can search by address and view the percentage of plowing that has been completed for a geographic area.

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