Trans-Canada Highway to Winnipeg closed

Blizzard warning posted in North Dakota amid fall snowstorm

Major North Dakota highways closed amid fall snowstorm

Crews from Manitoba Hydro are continuing to fan out across southern Manitoba in an effort to restore power outages caused by a severe winter storm.

Manitoba 511 listed all nearly all highways on the western side of Winnipeg as being closed or snow-covered on Friday morning.

"This is a major weather event", said Scott Powell, Director of Corporate Communications for Manitoba Hydro.

More than 22,000 Winnipeg customers are affected, with about another 4,000 without electricity in the rural municipalities of Springfield and East St. Paul. "Heavy snow and blowing snow will affect highway travel". We are also seeing equipment failures due to tree contact, and failures due to wet snow sticking to insulators. "You may need to reconsider your travel plans", it said.

Heavy snow and strong wind could break tree branches, the NWS said.

It's also the 15th largest temperature drop over a two day period in Denver's history, according to the National Weather Service. Powell added that outages are growing in number and size and this may continue over the next couple of days.

Downed lines can pose considerable danger as they may still be energized.

The early snowfall was brought by a low-pressure weather system that moved into Manitoba from the United States on Wednesday, moving across the province from the southwest corner into the Red River Valley and northwest toward Berens River. The rain, sleet and snow is expected to continue throughout the day Saturday and wrap up Sunday.

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