Late blast of winter shuts down parts of southern Manitoba

WATCH: Driving on southeastern Manitoba roads, including Hwy 311, was tricky Thursday as the storm blew through mid-day.

With a winter storm pelting the northern U.S. and southern parts of Manitoba and Ontario, several communities were left to wonder if spring really is just a week away.


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The new season officially begins March 20, but as the Colorado Low blew over the border region early Thursday, fresh new heavy snow mixed with rain forced the closure of several highways in southern Manitoba.

This Manitoba Highways map shows red circles where the roadways were closed, while yellow lines indicate partially snow-covered routes.

This Manitoba government map shows road conditions as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday, with red indicators for road closures.

This Manitoba government map shows road conditions as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday, with red indicators for road closures.

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Some closures were due to driving conditions, while others were a result of vehicle collisions.

Vehicles were backed up along the TransCanada Highway near Headingley after a collision closed westbound lanes.

Vehicles were backed up along the TransCanada Highway near Headingley after a collision closed westbound lanes.

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The westbound lanes of Highway 1 near Headingley were closed over the lunch hour after a collision. It reopened at about 2:30 p.m.

Earlier in the day, a section of the Trans-Canada Highway near Falcon Lake was also closed due to a crash.

RCMP took to social media asking motorists to drive to conditions. In a tweet, they urged drivers to “use caution due to blowing snow in open areas and icy conditions throughout southern Manitoba.”

They also reminded drivers to reduce speed and keep an eye out for emergency vehicles.


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Global News weather specialist Kahla Shea said a blizzard warning was still in effect for the Steinbach area mid-day Thursday, with an additional 2-4 cm of snow possible in the afternoon. Wind gusts near 60 km/h were also expected.


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The snowfall warning was still in effect for the Whiteshell – Lac du Bonnet – Pinawa areas, with total amounts of 10-20 cm possible by the evening.

This map shows the weather system blanketing south eastern Manitoba mid-day Thursday.

This map shows the weather system blanketing south eastern Manitoba mid-day Thursday.

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This weather map shows the storm continuing to move out of the province later in the day Thursday.

This weather map shows the storm continuing to move out of the province later in the day Thursday.

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Futurecast looking ahead to 4:30 p.m. and one for 9 p.m.

According to this map, the storm system will have moved out of Manitoba by Thursday evening.

According to this map, the storm system will have moved out of Manitoba by Thursday evening.

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As the snow continues to move north into Ontario, conditions in our province should be cleared up by late evening.


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School and other cancellations around southern Manitoba on Thursday

Several rural school divisions closed schools due to weather conditions including the Seine River, Hanover, Border Land, Sunrise and Red River Valley.

While some people may have struggled with accumulated or blowing snow, some – kids in particular – were able to enjoy the fresh blast of winter.

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People in southeastern Manitoba woke up to a fresh blanket of snow Thursday.

People in southeastern Manitoba woke up to a fresh blanket of snow Thursday.

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Three year old Isaiah was not at all bothered by the fresh snow fall.

Three year old Isaiah was not at all bothered by the fresh snow fall.

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Residents in Steinbach woke up to fresh snow Thursday.

Residents in Steinbach woke up to fresh snow Thursday.

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Not everyone was unhappy with the new snow Thursday.

Not everyone was unhappy with the new snow Thursday.

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Is there a road under all that snow? Steinbach, Man.  March 14, 2019.

Is there a road under all that snow? Steinbach, Man. March 14, 2019.

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