The Manitoba government declared a state of emergency on Saturday after a powerful storm dumped heavy rain, freezing rain, snow and wind to southern portions of the province this week.
Amid the early winter blast, Manitoba Hydro is trying to restore electricity to thousands of residents after numerous trees and branches – many still covered in leaves – fell onto power lines with winds gusting up to 100 km/h.
The storm was so bad it forced the temporary closure of the Trans Canada Highway from Winnipeg to the Saskatchewan border.
Southern Manitoba got blasted after a Colorado Low moved in from the United States where it brought dramatic temperature drops and heavy snow to the Great Plains states.
The next concern for local emergency measures officials will be flooding as the snow melts given the rising temperatures forecasted over the next few days.
Snowfall totals as of 1pm CDT on Saturday, October 12th:
- Carberry 74 cm
- Morden 64 cm
- Winnipeg 34 cm
- Dauphin 30 cm
- Brandon 29 cm
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)