A wintry scene in Winnipeg, 12 Oct 2014 (Facebook/Winnipeg)
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:
Post-tropical depression Erin interacted with an incoming low pressure system to produce lots of rain in the Maritimes.
Environment Canada says the heaviest amounts were recorded in northern Nova Scotia and the Annapolis Valley – Parrsboro and Greenwood each had more rain from this storm than all of July and August combined.
Some roads were damaged and even washed out by surface runoff or flooding.
Erin’s direct path along Nova Scotia’s south shore produced wind gusts up to 80 km/h.
The storm brought tropical air with a high of 23°C in Greater Moncton on Friday but a humidex of 32.
Barry has been downgraded to a tropical depression after making landfall west of New Orleans on Saturday as a Category 1 hurricane.
Although Barry did not bring devastating flooding as some forecasters had originally thought similar to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, parts of Louisiana did receive more than 400 mm of rain which swamped the Mississippi River delta.
Emergency responders rescued at least 90 residents but there were no reports of fatalities.
Remnants of Barry have been moving northward with heavy rain across the American South up to the Midwest.