Blizzard, snowfall warnings in place for southern Manitoba

The Red River Valley and Pembina Valley are under a blizzard warning today, while parts of southeast Manitoba face a snowfall warning, all thanks to a powerful Colorado low.
Blowing and drifting snow on Highway 75 heading south on Monday morning. (Sara Calnek/CBC)

The Red River Valley and Pembina Valley are under a blizzard warning, while parts of southeast Manitoba face a snowfall warning, all thanks to a powerful Colorado low.

The Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Dominion City, Morden, Winkler, Altona, Emerson and Morris areas are all under a blizzard warning on Monday.

Parts of southeastern Manitoba are under a blizzard warning on Monday, while others face a snowfall warning, all thanks to a Colorado low. (Environment Canada)
A snowfall warning is in effect for Sprague, the Whiteshell, Lac du Bonnet, Pinawa and the Northwest Angle Provincial Forest.

Ten to 20 centimetres of snow were expected to fall during the day before the weather system moved away later in the evening.

Northerly winds gusting up to 70 kilometres an hour were expected to cause blowing snow and reduced visibility, according to CBC weather specialist Marilyn Maki.

The normal daytime high at this time of year is 5 C.

Extended winter wearing on Manitobans

“I kind of opened up the curtains and a little tear welled up,” said Manitoban Michelle Neufeld.

The mom of four said after the bitterly cold, long and snowy winter the province has had, she’s fed up.

Neufeld lives in Steinbach, one of many of the communities in southeast Manitoba hit by a blizzard on Monday.

“We have four kids. Usually we have our bikes out by now – biking around the neighbourhood or just puddling around in the yard, but you can’t do that,” said Neufeld.

But there is good news ahead — temperatures are expected to warm up by the end of the week.

Highway shuts down, rural areas see 15 cm of snow

By Monday afternoon, the blizzard had shut down highways in the Red River Valley.

The I-29 North was closed from the Canada-U.S. border all the way to Drayton, N.D.

The closure forced some Winnipeggers off the road.

Stephanie Sorenson was travelling to Fargo for spring break when she got stuck in Drayton.

Sorenson says the hotel there was full, so she has to stay at the community hall.

She said she’ll cook supper in the hall’s kitchen and sleep on cots with other travellers stuck in the area.

“Well, it’s an adventure. That’s what it is. It was a little bit scary when were still on the highway because we did almost get hit by a semi,” she said. “They’re travelling pretty fast, the semis.”

Sorenson added she had never driven in such poor conditions.

In Manitoba, Highway 59, 12 and 201 all had poor visibility but weren’t closed.

By 2 p.m., Vassar, in the RM of Piney, had seen 15 centimetres of snow fall.

“They’ve been pretty much shut down because nobody’s going out,” said Dwayne Boutang, the reeve for the area. “It’s snowing hard. Wind is blowing … My public works supervisor says it’s bad all over. Highly recommend everybody stays home.”

Nearby, Sprague is expecting 15 to 25 cm of snow.