Winnipeg drivers were given a lesson on Thursday night, November 10, 2022, as the first substantial snowstorm of the season moved across southern Manitoba.
The snow began in the city just after 6:oo pm with Environment and Climate Change Canada predicting between 5 – 10 cm by the time it was over. By 10:00 pm the national forecaster issued a snowfall warning for Winnipeg and up the accumulation prediction to between 10 – 20 cm before the storm moves off later Friday morning.
As the snow moved in, many drivers drove to the conditions but several also learned the snow is slippery and visibility is reduced when wind and snow combined. Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service spent much of the evening responding to single and multiple-vehicle collisions across the city. As conditions worsened the number of drivers losing control of their vehicles increased.
Moderate to heavy snow will continue tonight across southern and southeast portions of the province, including Winnipeg, before beginning to taper off overnight through Friday morning.
ECCC advised “Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.”