Weekend rain and snow lead to power outages and highway closures in Manitoba


Thousands of people in Manitoba are without power and more than a dozen sections of highway are closed early Sunday morning as a massive weekend downpour – and, in some areas, snowfall – continues in some parts of the province.

Shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday, nearly 600 power outages were reported to Manitoba Hydro, the utility website said. These outages are estimated to affect more than 14,000 people.

Most outages occur in parts of southwestern Manitoba from Winnipegosis to the US border.

Other outages are scattered across the southern half of the province, with a handful reported in Winnipeg.

Scheduled restoration times vary, with some expected to be back by late morning and others not until around 5 p.m., the Hydro website says.

More than a dozen highway closures are in effect Sunday morning due to “poor winter driving conditions.” Full details can be found at Manitoba 511 website.

In Winnipeg, rain flooded several low spots and underpasses, stranding some drivers, city police said.

Route 90 northbound between Dublin and Notre Dame was closed overnight due to a road collapse, the Winnipeg Police Service said on Twitter shortly after midnight.

But just after 3 a.m. the police said the road was partially openand that city crews were still working to open other flooded intersections.

Southwest of Winnipeg, some are already seeing significant overland flooding. The Rural Municipality of Stanley said in an update that people who need sandbags can pick them up at the public works workshop on Route 25W, which for now will be open 24 hours a day.

Wind, snow, rain alerts

Other weather alerts are also in effect, with wind, winter storm, snowfall and rain warnings declared in southern and central parts of the province. All details are available on the Environment Canada website.

As the Colorado low that moved into Manitoba brings stronger northerly winds on Sunday, areas of Portage la Prairie, Headingley, Brunkild and Carman are under wind warnings, Environment Canada said in an early warning. the morning.

Gusts of 90 km/h are expected, mainly north of the Trans-Canada Highway.

A winter storm warning is also in effect for parts of the province as heavy snowfall with blowing snow continues in those areas. But the intensity of that snowfall is waning and is expected to be mostly over by noon or early afternoon, Environment Canada said.

The regions under winter storm warning are:

  • Virden-Souris.
  • Dauphin-Russell-Roblin-Winnipegosis.
  • Mount Minnedosa-Riding National Park.
  • Ste. Rose-McCreary-Alonsa-Gladstone.

A snowfall warning is in effect for other parts of Manitoba, with 10 to 20 centimeters expected. This snowfall is also expected to decrease in the Interlake areas Sunday morning, followed by the afternoon in areas east of Lake Manitoba.

Northerly winds gusting to 70 or 80 km/h are expected with this snow, which could lead to reduced visibility with blowing snow in open areas of the Interlake region Sunday morning, Environment Canada said. .

The areas under snowfall warning are:

  • Arborg-Hecla-Fisher River-Gypsumville-Ashern.
  • Berens River-Little Grand Rapids-Bloodvein-Atikaki.
  • Poplar River.
  • Grand Rapids-Waterhen.

Finally, rain warnings are in place for several parts of the province, although the amount of rain forecast varies by region.

In southern Manitoba, including Winnipeg, a total of 30 to 60 millimeters of rain is expected this weekend.

Rain accompanied by isolated thunderstorms will continue Sunday morning, but an increasingly strong wind from the north will lower temperatures and turn rain to snow this morning, Environment Canada said. This snow will then taper off this afternoon or evening as the Colorado Low moves out of the area.

Wind gusts of 70 to 80 km/h will also weaken on Sunday evening. And there’s only up to five centimeters of snow that should accumulate, because much of it will melt when it hits the ground.

The areas under this rain warning are:

  • City of Winnipeg.
  • Selkirk-Gimli-Stonewall-Woodlands.
  • Dugald-Beauséjour-Grand Plage.
  • Portage la Prairie-Headingley-Brunkild-Carman.
  • Morden-Winkler-Altona-Morris.
  • Bissett-Victoria Beach-Nopiming Provincial Park-Pine Falls.

Another rain warning is also in place for the following regions:

  • Steinbach-St. Adolphe-Emerson-Vita-Richer.
  • Whiteshell-Lac du Bonnet-Pinawa.
  • Sprague-Northwest Angle Provincial Forest.

The Colorado low is expected to bring 25 to 50 millimeters to southeastern Manitoba this weekend.

The same strengthening northerly wind will also turn rain to snow in those parts of the province, which is also expected to ease Sunday evening and see no more than two inches of snowfall.