The first winter storm of the season has arrived in Winnipeg and what began as a slushy rain, snow mix on Wednesday afternoon has turned to snow.
Snowfall warnings have been issued for most of Southern Manitoba including the City of Winnipeg.
As the winds pick up on Thursday visibility outside the city is expected to be a challenge at times in blowing snow. Winds are expected to gust 70 to 80 km/h as the day progresses.
The Trans-Canada Highway was closed at Falcon Lake to the Ontario border due to poor conditions but reopened just before 2:00 pm. RCMP say that Highway 1 remains closed at the Ontario border and eastbound traffic is being stopped at Falcon Lake.
On Wednesday Manitoba Public Insurance received more than 300 claims related to the storm and expect hundreds more before it is over.
The updated forecast shows Winnipeg can expect 10-15 centimetres of snow today and tonight. Some areas in the interlake could see up to 30 cm of snow as narrow bands of heavy snowfall pass through.
Road surfaces in the city are slippery as temperatures hover near zero. Drivers should take extra caution and drive to the conditions of the road.
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