First snow of season leads to slick roads, crashes, traffic jams
Crashes and long lines of slow-moving traffic are being reported around Winnipeg as drivers face the first snowfall of the year.
The snow started coming down in the early morning Tuesday, leaving streets dangerously slick.
Police say a vehicle rolled into the ditch at Springfield Road and Cox Boulevard while a taxi cab crashed into a light standard at Wellington Avenue and Berry Street. There were numerous other fender benders but no major injuries in any of them.
The Manitoba highways department says many roads in the southern part of the province are snow or ice covered.
RCMP responded to crashes south and east of Winnipeg, where vehicles slid off the road and into the ditches. In another incident, a driver lost control and the vehicle slammed into a guard rail.
No serious injuries were reported in any of the collisions, police said.
CBC meteorologist John Sauder expects about 2-5 centimetres of the white stuff to fall in Winnipeg before the system moves east into Ontario in the late afternoon and evening, leaving cloudy skies for most of the week.
Higher amounts are likely in areas east of the city, with up to 10 cm southeast of Winnipeg, Sauder says.
Winnipeg forecast for Nov. 22
- High 1 C.
- Periods of snow.
- Wind south 30 km/h gusting to 50 km/h before becoming light in afternoon.
- Cloudy tonight with 30 per cent chance of flurries.
- Risk of freezing drizzle overnight.
- Low –2 C.
Normal temperatures for this time of year are a daytime high of –4 C and an overnight low of –13 C.