Highways were a mess in southern Manitoba on Thursday due to blowing snow and reduced visibility.

Roads were also snow-covered and extremely slippery in Winnipeg, with several crashes happening throughout the city.

Snowy street

A woman walks across Portage Avenue on a snowy Thursday. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

About seven centimetres of snow has fallen in the Winnipeg area since Wednesday afternoon, and another three centimetres is expected, says CBC meteorologist John Sauder.

Higher amounts are expected north of the city through the Interlake region, he added.

​​The heaviest snowfall has been in the Wasagaming area, which received 10 cm with more on the way.

Highway snow

Travel was slick on the Perimeter Highway near Pipeline Road on Thursday morning. (Stacey Jacques/CBC)

​Highway advisories were in effect early Thursday on the Trans-Canada  between Winnipeg and Elie as well as on H ighway 6 in the St Laurent and Ashern area, H ighway 16 in the Gladstone area, and Highway 5 around Neepawa .

A caller to CBC traffic reporter Trevor Dineen that morning counted eight cars in the ditch along Highway 405 between Lorette and Ile-des-Chenes.

If there was any consolation for the conditions, it's that the temperatures have started climbing. So while it looks wintry outside, it doesn't necessarily feel like it.

Warm March

This was the scene in Winnipeg on March 17, 2012, when the temperature hit 19 C. (CBC)

Sauder is calling for a brighter day with a high of –11 C on Friday. Temperatures will be near –1 C by Sunday, although more flurries are expected that night.

It will be a while yet, however, until we experience anything like the warmth we did in March 2012.

That year, many communities across Manitoba set new heat records and a number of golf courses opened earlier than they had ever before.

In Winnipeg, the cafe patios were open and packed as mid-March temperatures soared to 20 C.