Blustery winds continue, but storms to end in southern Manitoba

The storm warnings are over but that doesn't mean it's a whole lot nicer out there in southern Manitoba today.

Major snowfall closes highways, schools, buses cancelled in the city of Winnipeg

A blowing snow warning is in place across southern Manitoba for Wednesday. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

The storm warnings are over but that doesn't mean it's a whole lot nicer out there in southern Manitoba today.

A blowing snow advisory remains in place for parts of southern Manitoba. Poor visibility continues in blustery conditions but should improve through the afternoon and into the evening.

The areas in grey are under a blowing snow advisory. (Environment Canada)

In general, another two to four centimetres of snow is expected to fall Wednesday, accompanied by winds gusting to 60 km/h.

Around the southeast shores of the big lakes, lake-effect snow will result in greater amounts, says CBC meteorologist John Sauder. The area north of Portage la Prairie could see an additional 20 centimetres.

Many highways were closed and many schools cancelled classes or bus service for the day.

All school buses were cancelled in Winnipeg on Wednesday. For full details, check out CBC's Storm Centre.

Poor visibility continues in blustery conditions but it should improve through the afternoon and into the evening in southern Manitoba. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)
An SUV gets stuck on a mound of snow along the curb at Queen Street and Route 90 on Wednesday morning. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

For Winnipeg, it appears 17 cm of snow fell in the northwest area near the airport and close to 30 cm fell in the southern and eastern parts of the city.

The record for extreme snowfall on a single December day is 21.6 cm at the airport, which happened Dec. 15, 1948.

Things get sunnier but a lot colder as the week goes on with a high Friday of just –17 C in Winnipeg and an overnight low of –24 C.

Winnipeg forecast for Dec. 7

  • High –4 C.
  • Snow and blowing snow.
  • Wind northwest 40-60 km/h.
  • More flurries and blowing snow this evening.
  • Low –11 C.

Normal temperatures for this time of year are a daytime high of –9 C and an overnight low of –18 C.

Snow continues to blow over Southern Manitoba

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Falling snow to taper to flurries but the blowing snow will continue on Wednesday.

Information on roads and highways in Manitoba is available on the province's closure website below.


  • A previous version of this story wrongly stated that all school buses were cancelled in Winnipeg Thursday. In fact, all school buses in Winnipeg were cancelled Wednesday in the city.
    Dec 07, 2016 3:23 PM CT