WINNIPEG – Blowing snow and high winds made for treacherous driving conditions across southern Manitoba Thursday morning.
Several schools in rural Manitoba are closed today and highway closures are in place.
Wind gusts as high as 90 km/h are creating visibilities of less than one kilometre in open areas.
Environment Canada had issued a blizzard warning for many communities including Winnipeg although those have since ended.
Much of the province is currently blanketed by an extreme cold warning.
A 680 CJOB listener says he couldn’t see anything on Highway 7 and he was only driving 10 km/h.
Several motorists were stranded on the West Perimeter for over two hours due to whiteout conditions as dozens of roads were closed.
The strong winds are also making it feel very cold in much of the province. Environment Canada is warning a fast-moving cold front is bringing wind chills from -40 C to -45 C to southern Manitoba today.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
It will be a little warmer on Friday and by Saturday we’re expecting a high of -15 C.