WINNIPEG – The Province is warning Winnipeggers to stay off the Red River, due to high water making its way up from the U.S.
The water is expected to make its way north starting Saturday evening, raising river levels between eight to 10 feet, possibly weakening and breaking the ice.
It’s expected to peak within four to six days, and the Assiniboine River will be affected as well.
The incoming water is the result of recent warm weather in the northern US.
Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre says due to changing weather patterns, ice conditions on southern rivers and lakes may be hazardous, and are strongly advising you to be careful if you’re heading out onto what looks to be a frozen river or lake.
The Province made the announcement shortly after 4:30 Saturday afternoon, mere hours after The Forks announced it was reopening part of the Red River Mutual Trail for skating, from The Forks to the Norwood Bridge. As a result of the provincial warning, The Forks is taking heed and is shutting the River Trail down.
(pic courtesy of The Forks)