First snow brings prairie travel warnings

Residents on both sides of the Saskatchewan—Manitoba boundary got a taste of winter Sunday as a low pressure system moved through the area.

Travel was not recommended in some parts of southern Saskatchewan on Sunday following the season's first major snowfall.

And residents on both sides of the Saskatchewan—Manitoba boundary got a taste of winter as a low pressure system moved through the area.

In Manitoba 10 to 15 centimetres of snow was expected for areas around Swan River, Grand Rapids, Norway House and Island Lake.

Winter driving conditions were in effect for most of south and central Saskatchewan with travel not recommended in a 50 kilometre radius around Swift Current, including the Trans-Canada Highway.

Conditions include ice, packed snow, and drifting snow.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways also said early Sunday that travel was not recommended on the Trans-Canada between Belle Plaine and Regina. Regina streets were very icy with police reporting about 30 collisions in the 17 hours from midnight to 5 p.m. Sunday.

There was also a snowfall warning issued for the area stretching from the US border south of Coronach straight north to around Martensville and east to the Manitoba boundary.

In Manitoba, snow was expected west of Dauphin. And the Roblin area was hit with 10 centimetres of snow overnight with more expected later Sunday.

Precipitation in the Red River Valley, including Winnipeg, was expected to turn to snow overnight Sunday and into Monday.

Saskatchewan travellers can check highway conditions online at the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways Highway Hotline.

Manitoba drivers can consult the Manitoba Highway Condition Maps.