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Major winter storm brings heavy snowfall, traffic delays to parts of Manitoba, Ontario

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 4:53 PM -

Poor winter driving conditions and zero visibility. It doesn't sound much like spring, but it's the unfortunate reality in parts of Manitoba and northern Ontario.


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Snowfall, winter storm and freezing rain warnings remained in place for much of northern Ontario Tuesday as a major winter storm hit the region. 

Winter returns to Kenora, Ontario

Winter returns to Kenora, Ontario

By noon, some communities had seen more than 50 cm of snow. 

That, coupled with gusty winds, helped create huge snow drifts. In some places, residents said the accumulation was "waist deep."

In others, the snow was plentiful enough to nearly bury a house.

It was a similar story for drivers in southern Manitoba Monday night with ice covered and snow packed roads reported.

RCMP officials issued a statement warning of delays in emergency response time because of the poor driving conditions.


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"The duration and severity of these poor driving conditions may change suddenly. The RCMP recommends that you drive with extra caution, reduce your speed and increase your distance between other vehicles," the statement read.

Blowing snow continued in southeastern Manitoba through the morning with winds gradually subsiding through the day.

"Colder air will flood into northwestern Ontario Tuesday changing any mixed precipitation to snow and blowing snow," says Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani. "The snow eases in northwestern Ontario through the evening hours while cottage country could see rain changing to a rain/snow mix throughout the day."

ANOTHER SYSTEM EN ROUTE

"There's a system expected to move in late week and for the weekend in Ontario, possibly bringing rain to the south and snow to the north. Models are currently in disagreement however on the exact timing and precipitation types. This may also be a severe weather event in the United States," Vaswani says.

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