Snow won't go: Winter weather system stalls over southeastern Manitoba

A wintry weather system that was supposed to pass through the southeast corner of Manitoba on Wednesday has decided to linger for a little longer.

Highways east of Winnipeg extremely slippery after snowfall

A tow truck works to pull a jackknifed semi-trailer truck out of the ditch near Deacon's Corner on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Winnipeg on Thursday morning. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

A wintry weather system that was supposed to pass through the southeast corner of Manitoba on Wednesday decided to linger for a little longer, dropping as much as 20 cm of snow in parts of the province.

Environment Canada said the low pressure system originated in the American Midwest and tracked over southeastern Manitoba before stalling over Lake Superior and much of northwestern Ontario, Thursday.

Since the western edge of it reached into Manitoba Wednesday morning, the system dropped 10-20 centimetres of snow in the area and another two to four centimetres was expected to fall before it tapered off Thursday morning.

Snow is seen piled up on golf carts at Falcon Lake Golf Course Thursday. (Karen Pauls/CBC)

Environment Canada said St. Labre, Man. saw the most snowfall, with an estimated 20 cm of the white stuff accumulating Wednesday and through the overnight.

Here's snowfall total amounts from Environment Canada:

  • Sprague: 14 cm
  • Pinawa: 14 cm
  • Rennie: 13 cm
  • Steinbach area: 5 to 10 cm
  • Emerson: 5 to 10 cm 
  • Kleefeld: 8 cm 
  • Niverville: 7 cm
  • St. Pierre Jolys: 6 cm 
  • Gretna: 5 cm
  • Great Falls: 4 cm
  • Morris: 3 cm
  • Morden: 1 cm
  • Winnipeg: trace amounts of snow
A Purolator trailer sits in the ditch between the east and west lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway near Dufresne, Man., on Thursday morning. (Cameron MacIntosh/CBC)

The conditions made highways east of Winnipeg extremely slippery, with several reports of vehicles and semi-trailers in ditches Thursday morning.