Prairies punched by winter storms
Winnipeg deploying 200 pieces of snow-clearing equipment
Manitoba and Saskatchewan are in for a weekend of stormy weather as two nasty systems move through the region.
The first storm began Friday night and delivered five to 10 centimetres of snow and, in some areas of Manitoba, freezing rain. More precipitation was expected Saturday.
That was to be followed by strong winds, which could whip up blizzard conditions, Environment Canada warned.
Travel in major cities, including Winnipeg and Regina was a soggy mess Saturday morning, especially on residential streets.
"Just slow down," Winnipeg police advised in a note sent to media outlets Saturday morning.
Highway travel in Saskatchewan and Manitoba was not recommended on several routes, including sections of the Trans-Canada Highway.
"It's really busy here," Saskatchewan's Highways Hotline centre reported Saturday morning.
Visibility is reduced and icy sections have been noted.
"Would not advise travel."
In Manitoba, officials said highway crews may end up plowing some routes twice to keep up with the snow.
Winnipeg sanding 'around the clock'
Environment officials said there won't be much of a break from the tough conditions as the second weather system's strong winds could produce whiteouts.
The City of Winnipeg said Saturday that some 200 pieces of equipment would be deployed through the weekend to clear streets of snow.
Priority will be on main roads and bus routes.
The city said conditions on residential streets and back lanes would be monitored and attended to as required.
In its media release, Winnipeg said crews were also salting and sanding streets "to improve traction on the roadways, and this activity will continue around the clock until road conditions improve."